In majority cases, the biceps tendon can be repaired and strengthened where it attaches to the shoulder socket.

INJURY
Tendonitis of the Long Head of the Biceps

ALSO KNOWN AS
Inflamed upper biceps tendon

ABOUT
While there is a tendency to have damage to the rotator cuff tendon, it most often occurs with other shoulder problems such as arthritis of the shoulder joint, tears in the glenoid labrum, chronic shoulder instability, shoulder impingement and other inflammation causing diseases.

COMMON INJURY

Most often due to a lifetime of overhead activities.


DIAGNOSIS
Your SMGOA physician will examine your shoulder and discuss your symptoms and medical history; as well as complete tests to check your biceps function. In addition, an x-ray and MRI may be ordered.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Non surgical methods are the first approach to biceps tendonitis. Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medicines, along with steroid injections and physical therapy are considered.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
In majority cases, the biceps tendon can be repaired and strengthened where it attaches to the shoulder socket. When the damaged section needs removed, the remaining tendon is attached to the upper arm bone. And in severe cases, the damaged biceps tendon may be released from its attachment.

Inflamed upper biceps tendon
Biceps tendonitis causes the tendon to become red and swollen.
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