Pain and weakness felt in the front of the shoulder could be signs that you’re experiencing biceps tendinitis. Caused by inflammation or irritation to the upper biceps tendon, this condition can lead to a tendon tear or deformity if it’s left untreated.
Biceps tendinitis often occurs alongside other shoulder problems, including:
- Damage to the rotator cuff tendon
- Arthritis of the shoulder joint
- Tears in the glenoid labrum
- Chronic shoulder instability
- Shoulder impingement
Most often, biceps tendinitis is caused from degeneration or overuse. Any repetitive movement in which there is an overhead motion (swimming, tennis and baseball), the risk of acquiring this condition is greater. Symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in the front of the shoulder that worsens with activity
- Pain or achiness that moves down the upper arm bone
- Occasional snapping sound or sensation in the shoulder
Typically, biceps tendinitis is treated using nonsurgical methods such as rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, injections or physical therapy. If your condition does not improve using nonsurgical methods, surgery may be recommended. The OrthoNebraska team will work collaboratively with you to determine the best treatment plan for your situation.
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