Short story, I ruptured my non-dominant-arm distal bicep tendon in late October. Due to some insurance holdups and occupational demands, surgery got scheduled for 6-weeks post injury, which is late, but doable, according to my surgeon.
In the six weeks, after initial trauma healed, I discovered it wasn’t much of a hinderance to anything except traditional palm-up bicep curls (which I could do, but with much less weight) and how my left arm looked in a t-shirt.
So … I opted out of surgery. Having been down that road with a dominant-side rotator cuff, I chose to eat the slightly diminished function and aesthetics as part of aging.
Right now, my workouts are back to damn near normal. Palm up curls are a weakness (down 40 pounds for sets of 12 with EZ-curl bar) but still doable. I feel strong as ever in every other areas, and have focused on strengthening braichailis and forearms 5x per week, and am hopeful I can start putting some mass back on my left arm in supporting areas.
I’ve seen zero accounts online of dudes who are fitness addicted neglecting surgery of this, and it’s no mystery why – doctors don’t recommend it and it’s a severe hit to one’s vanity.
That said, I’m wondering if there’s anyone in here with a success story involving non-surgical treatment of a full rupture of a distal bicep tendon. Would love some support down the path, because the window has passed for revision. Can’t say I don’t have regrets every day, but I feel good and didn’t have to have my left thumb up my ass for six months waiting for the tendon to heal – she gone!
Anyway, any constructive advice would be much appreciated!