About Biceps Tendonitis

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is Biceps Tendonitis?

The biceps is a large muscle that helps move the arm and forearm. The biceps tendons originate on the shoulder and insert on the elbow. Biceps tendonitis is inflammation of the biceps tendons on the shoulder. Because symptoms occur on the shoulder, biceps tendonitis can be easily mistaken for a shoulder injury. An important part of the diagnostic process is having an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) specialist’s review the injury history.

Common Causes:

  • Overhead sports (baseball, swimming, tennis)
  • Weightlifting
  • Heavy lifting
  • Manual labor and household chores that require overhead shoulder use

Symptoms of Biceps Tendonitis may include:

  • Pain and tenderness on the front of the shoulder
  • A dull ache on the front of the shoulder
  • A snapping sensation when raising the arm

An OPA specialist will also perform a complete arm and shoulder examination before making an official diagnosis. Medical imaging studies (x-rays and an MRI) may be ordered to rule out certain injuries. Once an OPA specialist diagnoses biceps tendonitis, a customized treatment plan is prescribed.

Common Treatments:

An OPA specialist centers biceps tendonitis treatment around decreasing inflammation and related symptoms. The following may be included in an OPA specialist’s treatment plan:

Rest & Ice

A break from activities that cause symptom flare-ups and ice application decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Oral and topical anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications are easy to take/apply and effective.

Physical Therapy

Once pain is managed, exercises are prescribed to help you regain shoulder strength and flexibility and prevent future injuries.

Steroid Injections

A corticosteroid and anesthetic injection decreases severe inflammation and pain very quickly.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Specialists are experts in treating biceps tendonitis.

If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to receive a diagnosis and treatment solution, please schedule an appointment at a convenient OPA location in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

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Owen L. Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jessie Janowski, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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