Is Biceps Tenodesis a Biceps Tendonitis Treatment?
The biceps is a muscle (also referred to as the brachii muscle) that is located on the upper arm between the shoulder and the elbow. It is the muscle that is responsible for elbow flexion as well as rotating the forearm. Two muscle “bellies”, make up the biceps region, these include the long head of the biceps and the short head of the biceps (brachii is a Latin phrase which means two-headed muscle of the arm). The long head of the biceps attaches to the shoulder blade inside the shoulder joint through a tendon. One common injury that can occur to this area is tendonitis.
What Causes Biceps Tendonitis?
Biceps tendonitis occurs when acute episodes of overuse takes places. It can also develop when chronic micro-damage from repetitive overhead activities take place, or through degenerative changes in the shoulder joint. Tendonitis occurs when the long head of the biceps muscle becomes irritated.
What are the Symptoms of Biceps Tendonitis?
Symptoms associated with this condition include pain and tenderness in the front of the upper arm. If biceps tendonitis causes extreme pain and shoulder disability with no response to non-surgical biceps tendonitis treatment, a biceps tenodesis may be recommended by Dr. Jeff Padalecki, Austin, Texas orthopedic shoulder surgeon.
What is the Treatment for Biceps Tendonitis?
Dr. Padalecki will often try to treat biceps tendonitis through conservative measures first, which usually involves rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and therapy. However, if biceps tendonitis causes extreme pain and disability without response to initial treatment, surgical intervention may be the next best step.