Treatment of Biceps Tendonitis
Dr. Verma should be contacted immediately if chronic symptoms develop or if there is an acute tear of the long head biceps tendon.
Biceps tendon inflammation is typically treated in many patients with a combination of rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications. Dr. Verma may recommend a corticosteroid injection in cases where patients experience intense pain for an extended duration. The injection is done under the guidance of an ultrasound to assure that the medicine reaches the correct point directly adjacent to the tendon.
If non-surgical treatment options do not alleviate pain, an arthroscopic shoulder surgery may be recommended by Dr. Verma and his orthopedic team. The damaged section of the biceps tendon may be removed and the remaining tendon is reattached to the upper arm through a shoulder treatment called biceps tenodesis. By removing the damaged area, the pain and inflammation will be reduced and normal shoulder function will become restored.
In more severe cases where the long head 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.
For additional information on biceps tendonitis, or to learn more about the long head biceps tendon, please contact the office of Dr. Nikhil Verma, shoulder specialist in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois area.