PT on the Net Research

Bicep Rehab


Question:

What is the best way to begin rehab on a torn biceps muscle? How soon should you begin and with what exercises?

Answer:

First, I highly recommend you consult with your client's physician and/or physical therapist. Secondly, I would need to know the complexity of the strain as well as the client's current functional ability in order to provide you with specifics. Due to a lack of information, we cannot answer your question specifically; however, we will offer you information pertaining to your client's situation. From there, you should be on your way to a successful program.

INFORMATION TO START

Usually a strain occurs at the weakest part of the unit and is classified three ways:

  1. Mild (grade1) - A slight pull without tearing of muscle or tendon fibers. There usually is no loss of strength.
  2. Moderate (grade2) - Tearing of fibers in a muscle, tendon or at the attachment to a bone. Strength is diminished.
  3. Severe (grade3) - Rupture of the muscle-tendon-bone attachment with separation of fibers. Severe strain requires surgical repair. Chronic strains are caused by overuse (very popular with bodybuilding techniques). Acute strains are caused by direct injury or overstress.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

WHAT TO DO?

HOW TO TREAT AFTER FOLLOWING THE DOCTOR'S INSTRUCTIONS