Pectoralis Tendon Ruptures

Pectoralis Tendon Ruptures Surgery in NYC

Treatment Options

Pectoralis tendon rupture injury surgery is typically required, except in cases where the tendon is partially torn or there is a rupture in the center of the muscle. Surgery involves making an incision between the pectoralis major and deltoid muscles and reattaching the tendon to the bone. The reattachment technique used depends upon the type and severity of the condition. After reattaching the torn tendon to the bone followed by a six-month recovery and rehabilitation period, patients have a high chance of returning to sports and an active lifestyle.

The pectoralis major is the large chest muscle that helps move the arm forward and backward (such as in a bench press exercise). Originating from two points, the clavicle and sternum (breastbone), the pectoralis major tendon is attached to the humerus bone near the biceps tendon. Pectoralis tendons

Causes of Pectoralis Tendon Ruptures

A rupture of the pectoralis tendon generally occurs during activities of a forceful nature. Many of these injuries occur during weightlifting, specifically during bench press maneuvers. The injury can also stem from high-contact sports including football and wrestling or from traumatic accidents. Compared to other shoulder and upper extremity injuries, pectoralis tendon ruptures are relatively uncommon.

Symptoms of Pectoralis Tendon Ruptures

A pectoralis tendon rupture can result in pain, weakness and deformity of the chest and upper arm. Bruising of the chest wall may also be apparent. At the time of the injury, a tearing or popping sound may be audible as well.