• Chest or upper arm pain

  • Bruising of the chest or upper arm

  • Trouble moving the arms in front of the body

  • Formation of a pocket where the rupture occurred

Pectoralis Major Tendon Rupture

Though rare, pectoralis major tendon rupture is a serious injury caused by intense muscle contraction or an injury to the area. The pectoralis muscle is divided into two parts known as the pectoralis major and the pectoralis minor. The larger of the two muscles, the pectoralis major enables people to move the arms in front of the body. During intense activity like weight lifting, the tendon of the pectoralis major can rupture, causing the muscle and bone to become separated.

If you think you may be suffering from a pectoralis major tendon rupture, it’s important that you seek immediate attention from a board-certified orthopedic surgeon like Dr. George Ackerman, who specializes in surgical repair and reconstruction.

Causes of Pectoralis Major Tendon Rupture

Certain activities and habits can make one more susceptible to suffering pectoralis tendon ruptures. Although rare, the condition is more prominent in competitive athletes who participate in contact sports like football, wrestling and rugby and those who lift weights regularly. Bench pressing, in particular, has been known to cause pec tendon ruptures. Further, traumatic injuries and the use of steroids can raise one’s risk of rupturing the pectoralis tendon. 

Symptoms of a Pectoralis Major Tendon Rupture

People who suffer a pectoralis tendon rupture may notice a painful tearing sensation at the time of the injury.

After the initial tear, they may experience the following symptoms:

If you’re experiencing one or more of the above signs of a pectoralis tendon rupture, you should not hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ackerman for further testing, as immediate repair may be essential to ensuring you make a full recovery.

Diagnosing a Pectoralis Major Tendon Rupture

Dr. Ackerman may order an X-ray, ultrasound or MRI to diagnose a pectoralis major tendon rupture. He will also likely perform a physical examination of the affected muscle to look for bruising and other signs of a tear. Once an injury has been confirmed, the patient will most likely require surgery and physical therapy to regain full function of the arm. Studies suggest that most patients return to normal strength and range of motion after undergoing surgical pectoralis rupture repair.

Dr. Ackerman strives to help all of his patients get back to living life without pain and participating in the activities and sports they love.

Contact Dr. Ackerman for a consultation today by calling (516) 243-8506 or schedule an appointment online to visit his office in Garden City.

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1600 Stewart Ave. Suite 100, Westbury, NY 11590

(516) 243-8506


Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

George P. Ackerman, M.D.