Keywords: Shoulder pain, muscle injury (PubMed Search)
Pectoralis Major Rupture
Most commonly seen in male weightlifters
Usually occurs as a tendon avulsion
Incidence is increasing
Hx: Sudden, sharp, tearing sensation with pain and weakness with arm movement
PE: Palpable defect and deformity of anterior axillary fold. Bruising and swelling.
Deformity may not be obvious with arm by side and relaxed
Testing: Weakness with ADDuction and internal rotation
Treatment: Operative treatment has better outcomes but depends on patient subgroups
Nonoperative treatment generally indicated for partial ruptures and tears in the body of the pec and muscle tendon junction
Sling, ice and pain control.
Operative treatment generally for high demand patients (athletes) and bony avulsion injuries