“I have a question outside of my inquiry. I think I tore my bicep. Thought it was my tendon but now I think it’s just a muscle tear.
Seeing as you have had both, could you explain the different feelimgs of each. I was told with a tendon tear I couldn’t rotate my
hand with anything heavy , but I can. It is very painful and there is purple in my arm.
Thank you for any info, Steve.”
That’s a really great question.
When I first tore my bicep tendon, it was not a fun experience and I was scared sh*tless,
I had very little pain and not much bruising, but I heard a big “ripppp”, loud enough that people thought it was my shorts that ripped.
It sounds to me that you have a muscle tear and not a tendon tear. A muscle tear is usually more painful than a bicep tendon tear.
Depending on where you get the pain, it could be a tendon or muscle tear.
A doctor would be the best one to ask for the proper medical advice, but here is what I know.
Usually, if it’s by your forearm below your elbow, it will be a tendon tear. This won’t cause much pain, but bleeding can be very little (which I had) to severe (which my brother had when he tore his).
If in the centre of your bicep muscle, it will be a muscle tear.
Up towards the shoulder it can be a tendon or muscle tear. A muscle tear will give you more of a “burning” sensation, whereas a tendon tear will give you more of a funny “something popped” feeling.
How do I know? From personal experience of course!
But in all seriousness, go see a doctor and get it checked out. A MRI will let you know exactly what is going on.
Please keep me posted.
Here is a pic of my left arm after bicep surgery.
If you have any good bicep tear stories please share them. (Yes, I am demented, I know).