Bicipital tendonitis is a common condition causing inflammation in the bicipital tendon that attaches the bicep muscle to the shoulder. Men between the ages of 40 and 60 are the most commonly affected, and athletes that overuse the overhead arm motion, such as golfers and swimmers. Bicipital tendonitis is caused by the gradual degeneration of the tendon by repetitive movement or strain. It can also be the result of an injury to the rotator cuff or from a sudden increase in exercise. Sufferers of bicipital tendonitis usually complain of pain in the front of the shoulder while moving the arm in an overhead upward motion, swelling and stiffness. Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers numerous treatment options for bicipital tendonitis.
Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine uses cortisone injections for reducing pain and inflammation for an array of joint injuries. In certain injuries that are solely inflammation based, such as tendonitis, cortisone injections can act as a cure but with injuries that involve tearing of ligaments, cortisone injections are used for long term inflammation reduction.
Consult Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for a recommended physical therapy plan. Therapy is conducted with the goal of decreasing the injury’s pain, restoring the shoulder’s range of motion, and helping it gradually regain strength.
Occasionally, arthroscopic surgery is performed to stabilize the biceps tendon if other treatment options aren’t effective.