A tear in the distal bicep tendon is most likely to occur with a sudden injury. A tendon can tear in two ways. The first are partial tears that do not completely split the tendon. The second are referred to as complete tears and fully split the tendon into two separate pieces. Unlike other areas of the body, a torn tendon is not able to grow back and completely heal itself.
Non-Invasive Treatment of a Partial Tendon Tear
Cell-based treatments in conjunction with platelet rich plasma and other regenerative medicine can potentially treat a partial tendon tear without patients having to resort to surgery. The doctor simply injects a combination of platelet rich plasma and cells into the tendon. The repair cells are directed by the platelets and go to work repairing the damage to the tendon, enabling the tendon to repair itself. This is a clear demonstration of how innovative cell-based therapy can treat of a variety of injuries.
If you're interested in cell-based treatment for a tendon injury, contact the National Institute of Regenerative Medicine to schedule an appointment.