What are Biceps Tendinitis Treatment Options?
Biceps tendinitis is typically treated non-surgically with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Dr. Mazzara may recommend a corticosteroid injection in more severe cases where patients are experiencing intense shoulder pain for an extended duration. Injections are administered with the help of an ultrasound to assure the medicine reaches the correct point in the shoulder to have the greatest benefit.
When non-surgical treatments for biceps tendinitis do not alleviate pain, shoulder specialist, Dr. Mazzara and his orthopedic team may recommend arthroscopic shoulder surgery. In some cases, the tendon is damaged and needs to be removed. The remaining tendon is reattached to the upper arm bone in a procedure called biceps tenodesis. Once the painful or damaged part of the tendon is removed from the shoulder, pain is alleviated, and patients can resume normal activities.
Occasionally and in more severe cases where the biceps tendon cannot be repaired, a shoulder treatment called biceps tenotomy may be recommended. This procedure involves the release of the damaged biceps tendon from its attachment site and is recommended for less active patients.
For additional information on biceps tendinitis, or to learn more about arthroscopic shoulder surgery to alleviate chronic shoulder pain, please contact the office of Connecticut shoulder specialist, James Mazzara, MD.