Shoulder: Biceps Tendinopathy


Biceps tendonitis is inflammation of the long head of the biceps tendon. It usually occurs with other shoulder problems. As we age, our tendons slowly weaken with everyday wear and tear. The degeneration can worsen by overuse – repeating the same shoulder motions again and again.




Signs and symptoms of an Biceps Tendinopathy may include:
  • Pain or tenderness in the front of the shoulder, increased with overhead lifting or activity
  • Pain or achiness that moves down the upper arm bone
  • Occasional snapping sound or sensation in the shoulder
Self-Care

The doctor may recommend resting and icing the shoulder to reduce swelling in the area.

Medications

Anti-inflammatory medications may reduce pain and inflammation associated with this injury.

Physical Therapy

Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength, and mobility.

Injections

A local anesthetic or corticosteroid solution may be injected into the bicep tendon sheath to provide short-term pain and reduce inflammation.

Surgery

Arthroscopic vs. Repair: Surgery should be considered if conservative measures fail. Debridement should be preformed if less than 50 percent of the bicep tendon is torn. Biceps tenodesis may be considered in serious tears or rupture.

Diagnostic Shoulder Arthroscopy