Welcome to Overtime with the Sports Docs. On each of these mini episodes, Catherine and I chat about a new topic or surgical technique in the field of sports medicine. We’ll give you our quick take on the indications, various surgical approaches and overview of the outcomes.
On today’s episode, we’re going to chat about treatment of distal biceps tendon ruptures. We’ve seen this injury across many sports and in very prominent players – for example, Miguel Cabrera, all-star first baseman, sustained a biceps tendon rupture while at bat, when he swung and missed an off-speed pitch.
We also see this injury in cross fit athletes, body builders and overhead laborers. This can be a devastating injury for our athletes, so understanding the treatment technique options, post-op rehab and what return to sport looks like is very important. We’ll start off with how to decide between non-op treatment and surgical repair and what those treatment protocols look like. Then, we’ll shift our focus to surgical treatment and compare one and two incision distal biceps tendon repair techniques. After surgical repair, there is then a decision of rehab protocols.