Biceps tendinopathy is the pain located in the musculotendinous junction of the upper arm. This condition is normally caused when other injuries to the shoulder have occurred. Most often, destabilizing injuries to the shoulder will lead to complications that can produce tendinopathy of the biceps tendon.
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Tendinopathy is common in older individuals. Other common causes of biceps tendinopathy include:
Those who routinely perform activities that require repetitive overhead movements in work or sport are more likely to develop tendinopathy.
The following are some of the most common signs and symptoms of biceps tendinopathy:
In some cases, a visible lump in the lower biceps muscle may occur. Symptoms of tendinopathy typically appear gradually over time, though they can appear suddenly in people with tendinitis or a ruptured bicep.
If you suspect that you have tendinopathy, a course of conservative treatment is usually recommended to begin that would include rest, ice, physical therapy, and non-steroidal medications to reduce any inflammation.
If your symptoms persist, you made need to see your pain management physician. They may suggest steroidal medication or injections in conjunction with physical therapy. You will also require treatment for any underlying conditions. Surgery is rarely recommended for biceps tendinopathy but may be considered in rare cases.
Your pain management specialist may recommend you try the following:
If you’re interested in learning more about the biceps tendinopathy treatment options offered at Redefine Healthcare, contact one of our offices or use our convenient online booking system to make an appointment with an experienced board-certified and fellowship-trained physician.
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