The most commonly prescribed treatments for pulled bicep muscles are:
The RICE method includes 4 simple steps, resting-ice application-compression-elevation. This method is recommended for treating majority of the muscle pulls. When you first incur the injury of biceps, offer as much rest to your arms as possible. Never keep the arm hanging, rest it on a soft pillow while you are sitting or standing (it is better to avoid standing until the muscle pull related discomforts subside). Next, apply an ice pack on the affected region of the arms for 15-20 minutes. Give a gap of 30 minutes and again repeat the treatment using the ice pack. You must elevate the arm at regular intervals to make sure that you don’t develop blood and fluid buildups. The RICE method should be continued for 24 to 48 hours from the time you have sustained the injury. If this treatment procedure fails to offer you relief from the swelling and pain around the bicep, you should seek medical attention.
If you visit a doctor after sustaining a bicep pull, he will most likely ask you to take NSAIDs like naproxen, ibuprofen or aspirin. The will offer instant pain relief. Other than reducing the pain, these medicines also help in decreasing the bicep swelling. After taking one or two dosages of NSAIDs, you will also experience improvement in the mobility of your arm.
For reducing the inflammation in biceps, you can also use topical arnica. The extracts of this perennial plant is available in varied forms, which include ointments, creams and tinctures. Rub the topical arnica on the ailing muscle and see the throbbing, bruising and pain go away considerably within a few minutes. This topical treatment helps in stimulating the flow of blood towards the injured muscle, as a result of which the healing procedure speeds up and fluid buildup is successfully prevented.