Nonoperative management with focused physical therapy, activity modification, and bracing are considered for some patients with small or partial tears of the biceps or triceps at the elbow. However, if the tear is complete, this can result in significant disability, weakness, cramping, pain, and deformity. In these instances, surgical repair is often recommended. If a surgical repair may be necessary, it is important that you be evaluated soon after injury as the ideal time frame for surgical repair is within a few weeks after the injury. For patients that do require surgery, the outcomes are very promising.