Bicep Tendonitis of the Shoulder
Bicep Tendonitis: Bicep Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of the bicep tendon, which connects the bicep muscle to the shoulder.
Causes: Injuries to the bicep tendons are often caused by repetitive overhead activity. Overuse, aging, and stress can cause the tendon to deteriorate, even if there is no inflammation present.
- Pain when the arm is overhead or bent
- Localized tenderness as the tendon passes over the groove in the upper arm.
- Occasionally, a snapping sound or sensation in the shoulder area.
Management: The first step is to rest the arm and shoulder by temporarily discontinuing any overhead-activity. A physician may recommend ice applications and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, which can help reduce inflammation. Stretching and progressive strengthening exercises will help strengthen muscle and restore range-of-motion. Overhead activity can be resumed gradually. (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons)