Shoulder Conditions - Biceps Tendinitis

Biceps Tendinitis is the inflammation around the long head of the biceps muscle as it enters the shoulder joint. This is caused by the deterioration of the tendon from either strenuous activity or the normal aging process. This causes a deep, throbbing ache in the front of the shoulder, most noticeable in the follow-through of a throwing motion or simple activites like reaching behind one's back or extending shoulder/arm.

Non-surgical treatment includes the use of ice and medication. Medication that typically decreases the inflammation includes aspirin or medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Stretch exercises can help in mild cases, but if the pain continues for 3-6 weeks after the injury, further consultation should be considered. Your orthopedic doctor may advise a steroid injection which can help alleviate the pain. The use of ultrasound has greatly aided the accuracy of such injections and can be very beneficial to proper treatment and diagnosis.