Pectoralis Tear

About Pectoralis Tear

The pectoralis major is a powerful chest muscle that supports the arm to rotate inward and move closer to the body. It also helps to move the arm forward or backward. The muscle originates from two points: the sternum (breastbone) and the clavicle (collarbone). These two sections of the muscle come together into the pectoralis major tendon, which is attached to the humerus bone of the upper arm, near the biceps tendon.

Torn pectoral muscles are most frequently initiated by strong activities such as weightlifting, particularly during a bench press workout. The situation might also result from athletic activities such as football, wrestling, rugby, and other traumatic accidents or injuries.

Symptoms of Pectoralis Tear

Following are the major symptoms of pectoralis tear:

  • Acute Pain and sudden weakness.
  • Weakness in the shoulder blade.
  • Pain while breathing.
  • Ripping sensation.
  • Swelling or bruising in the chest and armpit.
  • Softness of muscles.
  • Pain while using pectoralis muscles.
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Pectoralis Tear Treatments in NJ

A pectoralis tear may heal with non-surgical measures, such as

  • Rest
  • Application of cold packs
  • Modified activities
  • Sling usage
  • Anti-inflammatory DRUGS (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy


Full-thickness (complete) tears often require a surgical repair (pectoralis major tendon repair) to control chest muscle pain and to restore full shoulder function. X-rays, MRI, and ultrasounds are very helpful in the treatment of pectoralis muscles tear, confirm by sports medicine experts. MRI is required when there are complete tears and complete rupture of the tendon. Surgery is usually required to repair pectoralis major injuries, except when there are partial tears of the tendon.

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