The Detroit Lions will need to make some adjustments to their line-up after defensive tackle Haloti Ngata suffered an elbow injury in the Lion’s October 8 game. Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowler, recorded seven tackles, two sacks, and one pass deflection for the season before his injury happened. The injury, which is reported to be in his biceps, will require surgery. Unfortunately, Ngata will not be returning to the line-up this season.
Elbow and biceps injuries can be both serious and painful. Along with pain around the injured area, difficulty bending the arm and deformities around the injured area may be indicators of a serious biceps injury. Only a qualified doctor, with the help of x-rays and MRIs, can determine the extent of the injury.
In some cases, the injury can be treated non-surgically. This may include icing the injured area and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications. In some cases, placing the arm in a sling to prevent movement while it is healing may be necessary.
Unfortunately, sometimes surgery is required for a biceps injury. In the case of a biceps tendon rupture, the doctor will reattach the tendon to the bone. Then it becomes a waiting game as the injured arm will likely be immobilized in a splint, cast, or sling. During this time, it is important to not try to move your arm. It has been immobilized to allow it to heal. The good news is that most people with an injury like this are able to get their full range-of-motion back with the help of physical therapy.
One of the most important steps you can and should take if you think you have suffered a serious biceps injury is to visit a qualified doctor right away. Your doctor can help you understand the best treatment for your specific injury. Visiting a doctor as soon as possible after the injury is important, especially if the injury requires surgery. Waiting too long could result in the biceps muscles and tendons shortening, scarring, and healing, making surgery more difficult.