How is Biceps Tendonitis Treated?
Biceps tendonitis is best treated by resting the affected area and slowly working back into light movement. Applying ice to the affected area and taking anti-inflammatory medications may help to alleviate the pain and inflammation. In more severe cases, a corticosteroid injection will help to reduce more acute pain for a longer duration.
Surgery for biceps tendonitis is usually performed arthroscopically and is only needed in severe cases where a tendon is damaged. In some cases, the damaged section of the biceps is removed, and the remaining tendon is reattached to the upper arm bone in a procedure called a biceps tenodesis. Removing the painful part of the biceps from the shoulder usually alleviates symptoms and restores normal function.
In severe cases, the long head of the biceps tendon may be so damaged that it is not possible to repair it. Dr. Padalecki may elect to release the damaged biceps tendon from its attachment with a procedure called a biceps tenotomy.
Depending on the nature of the injury and the exact surgical repair used by Dr. Padalecki, patients will be prescribed a strict set of rehabilitation guidelines to use with a physical therapist. Physical therapy is mandatory in order to return the patient to optimum function. Most patients have good results and typically regain full range of motion and mobility after completing the program.
For additional information on biceps tendonitis, or to learn more about arthroscopic shoulder surgery to alleviate chronic shoulder pain, please contact the office of Orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Jeff Padalecki, serving patients in Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park areas.