What is the treatment for a pectoralis major tendon injury?
A pectoralis major tendon strain, partial tendon tear, or muscle strain/tear can generally be treated conservatively. Patients are encouraged to decrease or avoid activities that initially caused the injury or exacerbate the pain. A combination of rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) is also recommended for pain management.
Most pectoralis major tendon injuries will require surgery to repair the tendon. Surgical intervention is the most reliably successful method for repairing a pectoralis major tendon injury. Surgical repair of the tendon involves reattaching the tendon to its the correct anatomical position on the humerus. The goal of surgically repairing a pectoralis major tendon injury is to restore stability and strength to the shoulder. A chronically torn pectoralis tendon is a debilitating condition. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder doctor, treats patients in Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs, who have experienced a pectoralis major tendon injury and need a surgical repair.