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Connecting the biceps muscle to the bone, the bicep tendon enables individuals to perform a number of functions, while also providing stability to the shoulder. When a biceps tendon is strongly attached to the bone, movements are executed easily and without pain. Yet, in the case of a bicep tendon rupture, the tendon becomes completely detached from the bone and certain movements are impaired and painful. This is because the muscle cannot pull on the bone to initiate movement.

Very Well Health discusses the two types of biceps tendon ruptures, which are proximal and distal. A proximal biceps tendon rupture is an injury to the biceps tendon near or at the shoulder joint, also referred to as the long head of the biceps tendon. As the most common type of biceps tendon injury, it occurs more often in the elderly population. This is likely a result of small tears that already exist in the muscle (due to overuse). As such, symptoms associated with a proximal biceps tendon rupture are relatively mild.

On the other hand, a distal biceps tendon rupture occurs around the elbow joint, and is most prevalent among middle-aged men performing heavy lifting or sports activities. Without question, this type of injury can produce significant pain and weakness near the rupture. An individual might experience difficulty turning his or her palm up or down, along with bruising and a protrusion near the elbow.

When a biceps tendon rupture occurs, non-surgical treatment is often an option, particularly when the tear is partial and is located on the top bicep tendon. Yet, in the case of a distal biceps tendon rupture, an individual may opt to have surgery to repair the tendon. This is especially true of those that are eager to return to their active lifestyle.

Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds is an elite orthopedic surgeon in the Silicon Valley, and is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and advanced arthroscopy. As such, Dr. Masi, as his patients call him, focuses on minimally invasive treatments for the elbow, hip, knee and shoulder. If you believe that you’ve suffered a biceps tendon tear or rupture, call Dr. Masi today to schedule an appointment and learn about your options for treatment.

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Based on 6 reviews

Becca Lopez

Dr. Reynolds is such an amazing doctor who is passionate and dedicates all his knowledge to help patients improve their health and injuries. I appreciate his patience and willingness to go above and beyond what is asked.

Rebecca M.

Dr Reynolds performed a very technical and complicated surgery on my son's shoulder last year. My son is (was!) a college football player and had 3 different shoulder surgeries to repair the same issue. After repeated failures I found Dr. Reynolds. He performed a Laterjet surgery which is something that is rarely done. Fast-forward a year, my son's shoulder has never had any more problems and he is stronger than ever. Thank you, Dr. Reynolds!

Ambessit J.

I went to see Dr. Raynolds because of his solid 5 star ratings. After seeing him, if I could, I would give him and his staff a solid 10 star ratings, and here is why: My 1st Impression: Beautiful and relaxing pictures of Canyons, welcoming & smiling staff, clean offices. My Time: Efficient and knowledgeable staff, and a reasonable wait time. The Best: .... Dr. Reynolds... every inch of his body exudes compassion. He listens attentively, takes his time to examine, he gives clear explanation of the injury, and answers all questions with care. Everything he did convinced me that I was lucky to have found him. (Thank you Yelp) :) I highly recommend Dr. Raynolds to my friends, my families and to anyone who's looking for the BEST and trustworthy surgeon. ~ Wishing you a smooth and quick recovery!

Andrea W.

I went to see Dr. Reynolds last week because I have chronic pain in my hip. He was incredible helpful and knowledgeable. He greeted me with a warm smile and was patient and kind, showing me exactly what the problem is and the treatment alternatives. He spent a lot of time with me and I am extremely happy with the treatment plan he has for me. I can highly recommend him.

Darla B.

Dr Reynolds has been amazing at treating many of my patients in need, including my daughter! Thank you, Dr Reynolds - I look forward to co-managing more patients in the near future!

Henrik Martin

Dr Reynolds is a Rock Star! I ripped a bicep tendon clean off my forearm in September 2016. After countless phone calls to the huge "Non Profit" hospital chain I usually go to, and the realization that they wouldn't be able to see me in several weeks, I decided to look elsewhere. My son had previously been treated by Dr. Haber at a small clinic in Campbell, so I called the clinic, and got an appointment with his colleague, Dr Kerisimasi Reynolds. I have to say that I was a little hesitant at first, because of his young age, and I was wondering how many surgeries he had performed. Anyway, I got a really good vibe from him, and he was super professional and explained everything really well in terms I could understand. He got me an MRI the same day, a follow up visit the next day I think, and he was able to do the surgery within the next 5 days. I decided to go for it, and it was a 1 hour surgery with a long recovery. This was in September, and I have my last physical therapy session next week. That said, I'd go under the knife for Dr Kerisimasi again anytime if I needed to. He's totally on top of his game, knows a lot about all the latest advancements in orthopedic surgery, etc. He also followed up with personal phone calls, emails, and even gave me his cell phone number in case I had post operation questions or concerns. I've been very active my whole life in a variety of sports and outdoors activities, and he has the mindset that he wants to enable you to get back to those activities as soon as possible, which I really appreciate. I give him an A+. He performed a state-of-the-art tendon reattachment surgery, and I'm basically fully recovered by now. I'm lifting weights, working without pain, and hope to be back in my river kayak this spring! I hope I don't have to see him in the operating room again, but if I do, I know I'm in good hands :-)

Kerisimasi Reynolds, D.O.

39180 Farwell Dr., Suite 110
Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 899-9200