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torn or separated bicep


My daughter was injured at work on New Years Eve.
She is a nurse.
Her right arm is actually useless to her right now.
MRI showed nothing much. Ortho says he feels she has a separated bicep from the shoulder to her elbow.
He has prescribed 2 weeks of therapy, but I don’t see how, when she can’t move it or apply any pressure on it.
Then, he will look into surgery.
It is a comp case and we all know how they work.
What is her best action?
She needs her arm and right now, can not use it at all.
She is on pain killers and muscle relaxants and they don’t work.Please help.
Thank you.


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