Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Biceps Tendonitis

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Do you have shoulder pain? Is the pain worse with overhead activities?


If so, you may be suffering from Biceps Tendonitis. Biceps tendonitis, also called bicipital tendonitis, is inflammation in the main tendon that attaches the top of the biceps muscle to the shoulder. Biceps tendonitis may develop gradually over time from the effects of wear and tear or suddenly from a direct injury.

Symptoms: Deep ache directly in the front and top of the shoulder that ache may spread down into the biceps muscle. Pain is usually made worse with overhead activities and resting the shoulder generally eases pain. The arm may feel weak with bending the elbow or when twisting the forearm with the palm facing up.

Causes: Continuous or repetitive shoulder actions can cause overuse of the biceps tendon causing wearing down and damage to the tendon. Years of shoulder wear and tear can cause the biceps tendon to degenerate, become inflamed and painful. Biceps tendonitis can also happen from a direct injury, such as a fall onto the top of the shoulder.

Risk Factors: This is common in sport or work activities that require frequent and repeated use of the arm, especially with overhead movements. Athletes who throw, swim, or swing a racquet or club and gymnasts are at greatest risk.

Biceps pain may be a symptom of other more serious injuries such as rotator cuff tears or shoulder instability and should be assessed if the pain persists for more than 2 weeks to avoid further injury.

Chiropractic care can help with the diagnosis and treatment of Biceps Tendonitis and other arm/shoulder related pain. Various treatment options (i.e. acupuncture, electrotherapy, stretches, and exercises) may be used to help to decrease pain and restore movement. Biceps Tendonitis responds well with conservative treatment.

Chiropractic Care can help you get back to your daily activities with less pain and improved range of motion. Don’t let your arm pain stop you from continuing with the sports/activities that you enjoy. With appropriate treatment, you can get back into the game.

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