Fixing Pectoralis Major Tendon Ruptures

Fixing Pectoralis Major Tendon Ruptures
Hang around gyms where they push really big iron, and you will see guys with gaps in their chest muscles from ruptured pectoralis major tendons. Typically, this injury occurs when athletes do heavy bench presses or inclines. Orthopedic specialists have debated for years how to treat this problem— leave it alone? Operate immediately? Wait and see … then operate if things don’t get better? A cadaver study by researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago showed that tendon repair was not as good as the original tendon, and that various surgical techniques did not affect the outcome. Other studies found that surgical repair of the pectoralis major tendon worked far better than non-operative treatments. Patients should reduce activity after surgery until the tendon has had time to heal. (American Journal of Sports Medicine, 40: 1887-1894)

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