Bicep tendonitis, often referred to as bicipital tendonitis, rarely occurs on its own. Bicep tendonitis is more of a secondary condition that develops as a result of rotator cuff tendonitis or shoulder tendonitis. Bicep tendonitis affects the area where the bicep muscle meets the front of the shoulder. It is a very common condition among athletes and is usually ignored until it develops into a more severe condition.
Bicep tendonitis can develop as a result of:
- Calcifications into the tendon
- Repetition and overuse
- Multidirectional instability
- Direct trauma
- Having a shoulder condition
There are many different warning signs and symptoms that show development of bicep tendonitis:
- Feeling pain when the front of the shoulder is touched.
- Increase in pain at night or first thing in the morning.
- Pain in the front of the shoulder when moving your arm and shoulder.
- Pain in the front of the shoulder when extending or raising your arm in front of you or above your shoulder.
- A sometimes-noticeable popping sound when you move the shoulder or arm.
Bicep tendonitis is slow developing and some patients may only have slight discomfort in the early stages. The pain may only occur during and after certain exercises. However, if continued use occurs and symptoms continue, bicep tendonitis can spread over a much larger area and become a much more problematic condition to treat.
Schedule an appointment with Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Eric Millstein, today if you are experiencing bicep tendonitis.
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