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What is Biceps Tendinitis?

Tendons exist throughout your body. They are composed of long connective tissue bands that attach your muscles to your bones. The bicep muscles are no different. These muscles, located in the front of the upper arm, run from the elbow to the shoulder and are attached by connective tendons. When these tendons become inflamed, you can feel pain in the front of the shoulder or in the upper arm. This condition is referred to as bicipital tendonitis, or biceps tendinitis.

How Does This Condition Develop and Occur?

Biceps tendinitis occurs when the muscles and tendons in the arm and/or shoulder are overused. This is most common in athletes (especially those who use a throwing motion frequently) or those who work a job that requires them to lift heavy objects, engaging these muscles and tendons. Likewise, the tendons connecting the biceps can also also be damaged as a result of an injury, whether minor or traumatic.

Symptoms

The symptoms of this condition are fairly straightforward, which will help your doctor or physical therapist to properly diagnose and treat it. Patients will feel pain when they move their shoulders and arms, particularly when the arm is raised above shoulder height. You may also feel pain even when simply touching the front of the shoulder, if the condition has progressed.

Diagnosis

When discomfort moves from soreness to pain, you must head to a doctor. Upon visiting the hospital or clinic, your doctor will examine the arm and shoulder where you are experiencing pain. He/she will look for signs of tenderness in the bicep muscles as well as the connecting tendons.

Treatment

Treatment for biceps tendinitis will vary depending on the level of pain reported by the patient. It may be as simple as a home remedy of using an ice pack everyday for half hour until the pain subsides or taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. However, more serious cases may require prescription-strength medication or even a corticosteroid injection to reduce the inflammation and alleviate pain.

Returning to Sports/Activity

With time and the proper rehabilitation and healing, patients will be able to return to their active lifestyles. However, timing is crucial here. If you return too soon, you put yourself at risk of worsening the injury and causing permanent damage. Everyone recovers at a different rate, and listening to your own body as you work through rehabilitative exercises is of the utmost important. Generally speaking, the longer you wait to start treatment, the longer it will take for your injury to heal. When the shoulder has full range of motion again, without the experience of pain, you will know that you’re able to return to your normal activities. If you participate in contact sports, be careful not to return if the shoulder is even slightly tender, and try to avoid hard contact.

Prevention

The best way to prevent injury is by properly warming-up and stretching before you engage in exercise. If you are an athlete who uses these muscles regularly and strenuously, also consider cooling down and using ice after use.

Call POSMC today!

To schedule an appointment with one our specialists, contact our scheduling department at 972-250-5700 or request an appointment online.

POSMC is a full-service medical facility specializing in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries. The practice is led by a group of 12 board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. Contact us today!

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COVID-19 Update

Updated May 11, 2020

Plano Orthopedic, in unison with the CDC and other governmental agencies is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care while supporting social distancing and protective measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The health and safety of our patients, employees and their families are our highest priority.

Dr. Richard Evanson spoke with Good Morning Texas about Plano Orthopedic’s  mission to continue treating patients in a safe environment during this pandemic. Click here to watch the video!

Office Schedule

Our office is open and operating from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  These are the same hours of operation Plano Orthopedic had prior to the pandemic. Following the Texas Medical Board minimum COVID-19 standards of safe practice,  Plano Orthopedic is requesting all patients wear a mask when visiting with the physicians.

Safety Screenings

Plano Orthopedic will continue to screen patients for potential symptoms of COVID-19 prior to their visit.  For those patients with urgent needs, we are asking you NOT to present yourself in our office if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or have come in contact with a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Please contact us to reschedule your appointment. We will also be screening all patients upon entry and are asking that patients over age 18 do not bring a visitor with them. Please also wash your hands upon entering and exiting our facility and practice social distancing in the lobby.

Elective Surgeries

In accordance with governmental recommendations, Plano Orthopedic surgeons will continue to perform elective surgical procedures.  Patients with urgent needs, may be scheduled sooner, but only after consultation with their provider. Please anticipate a call from our clinical teams. 

Telehealth Visits

Telehealth visits allow a patient to be cared for by our physicians and providers through video and audio technology.  You will then receive a link that you can utilize from either a computer (with video and audio capability), smart devices, or tablet.

We Appreciate your Cooperation and Understanding

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work together to protect our patients and staff. We hope you are confident in Plano Orthopedics as we expand our health and safety measures during this time, while continuing to provide care to our patients.

The COVID-19 situation is fluid and we will be updating this page as the situation continues to evolve.

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