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Muscle Damage
September 2001

Q. I sustained a torn tricep due to a motorcycle accident. I have had the surgery and am interested in knowing how common is this injury and what the rehab time is. Also, is the possibility of re-injury more likely now?

A. A torn muscle is also known as a muscle strain. While most strains are mild and heal in time, yours was a complete disruption requiring surgery. The severe tears can occur in the muscle itself, in the tendon that attaches the muscle to the bone, or the tendon can detach from the bone. The exact healing time will vary with each individual injury, but the healing time can easily take several months in order to allow the tissue to heal, and regain normal mobility and strength during the recovery process. Your surgeon will guide you in the rehabilitation process.




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