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Situation: Bicep tendonitis refers to pain in the front of the shoulder caused by tissue damage and inflammation of the bicep tendon. The muscle at the front of the upper arm is known as the biceps. The biceps muscle is responsible for bending the elbow against resistance, as well as assisting with activities requiring your arm to be elevated. The biceps is attached to the front of your shoulder blade by tendons.
Causes: Bicep tendonitis usually occurs following repetitive or prolonged activities placing strain on the biceps tendon. This is often the result of excessive lifting, especially overhead. Other causes include activities that require your arm to be elevated repeatedly, heavy pushing or pulling, stretching your arm behind your back, and sports where you throw. Occasionally, bicep tendonitis occurs suddenly during lifting when a excessive force overstresses the biceps tendon. Symptoms: People suffering from bicep tendonitis typically experience pain in the front of their shoulder. In less severe cases, patients may only experience an ache or stiffness in the shoulder that increases with rest following activities requiring strong or repetitive contraction of the biceps muscle.
Treatment: Treatment options for bicep tendonitis can include chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage therapy. Our chiropractor in Loveland or Fort Collins will diagnose your condition and determine what type of treatments and modalities are appropriate for you.