The biceps is a big muscle that is found on the top of the upper arm. This muscle extends all the way down from the shoulder to the elbow. The biceps plays a key role in the functioning of the arm because it is used every time you try to lift or pull a heavy object. This means a small injury to the biceps can make it extremely difficult to use your arm on a regular basis. One of the most common injuries to this area of the arm is called biceps tendinitis.
What is Biceps Tendinitis?
Biceps tendinitis is any form of inflammation that occurs in the tendons near the large upper arm muscle. Since these tendons are built to withstand a lot of punishment throughout the day, injuries are most commonly caused by repetitive use. Athletes that play baseball and tennis are most likely to get this injury, but it can also be caused by any consistent overhead use of the arm. Older individuals may also experience this injury as their muscles and tendons naturally weaken over the years.
Signs and Symptoms of Biceps Tendinitis
Biceps tendinitis is characterized by a consistent pain and tenderness in the upper arm. This pain will become much more intense when attempting to lift the arm above the head. You may also hear a loud popping sound when moving your shoulder. These symptoms will start out as minor, but they will gradually get worse over time. This is caused by the tendons in the arm becoming more inflamed. The only way to reduce the inflammation and eliminate your troubling symptoms is by getting the proper treatment.
Your Treatment Options
The first step of the treatment process is to get your problem officially diagnosed. This is achieved through a physical exam and a series of imaging tests. In addition to confirming your biceps tendinitis, these tests will also let the doctor see the severity of your injury. A conservative approach may be used at the start of your treatment. If the conservative treatment does not provide solid results, then you may have to opt for surgery. Once your biceps tendinitis is cured and you have fully healed, you will be free to use your arm and shoulder without the risk of serious pain.
Biceps tendinitis may not be a serious health problem, but you should still not let it alter your life. Get on the path to a pain-free life by scheduling your consultation with us at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Duxbury or Sandwich.