What is Biceps Tendonitis?
Even though the biceps tendons are quite tough, they can become inflamed from repetitive movements and the natural aging process. Commonly located in the long head biceps tendon that attaches the biceps muscle to the front of the shoulder, biceps tendonitis causes patients to experience bicep pain during movement that involves the front of the shoulder. Dr. Matthew Provencher, orthopedic shoulder specialist serving the Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado area, specializes in diagnosing and treating biceps tendonitis.
Repetitive shoulder movement and overuse are the main causes of biceps tendonitis, but the shoulder condition may also affect active individuals and athletes as they age and the shoulder joint begins to wear out. Other common shoulder injuries can cause bicep pain and inflammation, including a rotator cuff injury, bone spurs, shoulder trauma, shoulder arthritis, and multi-directional instability.
What are the Symptoms of Biceps Tendonitis?
As the long head biceps tendon becomes damaged from overuse or aging, it displays several warning signs, such as intermittent or constant bicep pain located at the front of the shoulder joint that radiates down to the biceps muscle. Many patients experience the bicep pain more intensely when the arm is moved in front of the body or raised above the shoulder. Other common biceps tendonitis symptoms include sensitivity in the injured area, local redness, and a snapping sensation during shoulder movement.
How to Diagnose Biceps Tendonitis?
In order to diagnose biceps tendonitis as the cause of bicep pain, Dr. Provencher must perform a physical examination to test for inflammation and tenderness. He may also perform x-rays and an MRI scan to rule out other shoulder injuries and confirm the diagnosis.