Inflammation in your bicep can feel mildly annoying or extremely painful. When the upper tendon of your bicep is the source of the pain, Biceps Tendonitis is typically to blame. If you are experiencing sensations in your bicep ranging from tenderness in the front of your shoulder, pain or aching that starts and moves down the upper arm, or a snapping sound when you move your arm, impairing your ability to move your arm in your daily routine, it may be time to call Advance Wellness Center. We can consult with you about the injury, ascertain what may have caused it, and attempt to develop a treatment plan specific to you and your needs.
Tendonitis in your bicep occurs when the longer of the two tendons that attach your bicep to bones in the shoulder becomes irritated and inflamed. When the problem first appears, the tendon becomes swollen and red. As the tendinitis progresses, the covering of the tendon can thicken and the tendon itself often becomes engorged and grows longer. This growth, and the irritation caused by the larger tendon rubbing against bones in your shoulder, is what causes the pain.
Like many other arm or shoulder injuries, Biceps Tendonitis is typically the result of wear and tear over a lifetime of normal movement. This is why men and women over the age of 50 make up a large portion of the population experiencing this injury. Unfortunately for our bodies, tendons and muscles are not like fine wine; they do not typically get better with age. More years of activity simply equal more damage and deterioration. However, other factors can play a role in the development of tendonitis. Activities that require continuous, repetitive motion of the shoulder, especially over your head, such as baseball, swimming, or tennis, can also cause this condition.
There are a few other shoulder conditions, such as arthritis of the shoulder joint, chronic dislocation, shoulder impingement, or diseases that cause inflammation of the shoulder joint and lining, which can and often do occur alongside Biceps Tendonitis. These can also be discovered and addressed during your visit to Advance Health and Wellness.
If this condition is not treated, the damage to the tendon can result in a tear, which is far more painful and will take longer to heal, or can even require surgery to repair. Eventually, a bulge can form in the upper arm, causing a deformity of the shoulder. No one wants something possibly permanent to come out of an entirely treatable condition.
While you may be able to momentarily quell the pain of tendonitis by applying a cold compress to the bicep, or receive some relief by taking over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription anti-inflammatories, these are only temporary fixes. Masking the pain could lead you to ignore the problem instead of seeking a long term solution, ultimately resulting in a more severe injury. It is definitely best to put a stop to any progressive tendonitis by quickly diagnosing your specific injury and what is causing your pain, and then begin a course of appropriate therapies and treatments