Bicipital tendinopathy is a condition that affects the tendons located in the shoulder, specifically the biceps tendon. This condition can cause pain, weakness, and stiffness in the shoulder, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks. ASAP Rehab and Performance, we understand the impact bicipital tendinopathy can have on your daily life, which is why we offer expert treatment options to help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall shoulder function.
What is bicipital tendinopathy?
Bicipital tendinopathy is an overuse injury that occurs when the tendons in the shoulder, specifically the biceps tendon, become damaged or inflamed. This can be caused by repetitive motions, such as lifting weights or playing sports, or by a sudden injury. As the tendon becomes damaged, it can no longer move smoothly through the shoulder joint, causing pain and weakness in the shoulder.
What are the symptoms of bicipital tendinopathy?
Symptoms of bicipital tendinopathy can vary, but common symptoms include pain in the front of the shoulder, weakness in the shoulder, stiffness in the shoulder, and a popping or snapping sensation in the shoulder. These symptoms may be worse with certain movements, such as lifting weights or reaching overhead.
What are the causes of bicipital tendinopathy?
Bicipital tendinopathy is often caused by repetitive motions, such as lifting weights or playing sports. However, it can also be caused by a sudden injury, such as a fall or a blow to the shoulder. In some cases, the condition may be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as arthritis or a rotator cuff tear.
How is bicipital tendinopathy diagnosed?
A doctor will typically diagnose bicipital tendinopathy through a physical examination and a review of your medical history. Imaging tests, such as an MRI or ultrasound, may also be used to confirm the diagnosis and assess the extent of the damage to the tendon.
How is bicipital tendinopathy treated?
Treatment for bicipital tendinopathy may include physical therapy, rest and ice, and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, a corticosteroid injection may be used to provide temporary pain relief. Surgery may be considered in severe cases where conservative treatment options have failed.
What are the complications of bicipital tendinopathy?
If left untreated, bicipital tendinopathy can lead to chronic pain and weakness in the shoulder. This can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, such as reaching overhead or lifting objects. In severe cases, the tendon may rupture, which can require surgery to repair.
How can bicipital tendinopathy be prevented?
To prevent bicipital tendinopathy, it is important to take steps to avoid repetitive motions that can damage the shoulder tendons. This may include using proper form when lifting weights, taking frequent breaks when performing repetitive tasks, and stretching before and after exercise. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active can help to strengthen the muscles and tendons in the shoulder, reducing the risk of injury.
Bicipital tendonitis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the bicep tendon. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse, injury, and degeneration. Physical therapy, rest, and medication can help manage symptoms, and in some cases, surgery may be necessary. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your bicep, it is important to seek the advice of a healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor, for proper diagnosis and treatment. At ASAP Rehab and Performance, our team of experienced professionals can help you recover from bicipital tendonitis and get back to your daily activities as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.