Bicep tendinitis occurs when the tendon that attaches the biceps to the shoulder is inflamed. The bicep has a proximal and distal tendon, and these attach the bicep muscle to the shoulder and the forearm. The bicep is the large muscle which contracts when you bend your arm, and is used for lifting objects. The bicep tendons can get inflamed due to heavy lifting, and this injury is common in occupations and sports where the bicep comes under a lot of strain. Bicep tendinitis can sometimes be confused with the rotator cuff injury or syndrome, and this is why you need to go to a chiropractor, whenever you have prolonged pain in this area. X-ray imaging, may be necessary so as to determine whether it is bicep tendinitis, or an injury to the rotator cuff.
The Initial Management of Bicep Tendinitis
Depending on the extent of the injury, the chiropractor will advise you to try the R.I.C.E method to manage the pain. This means resting, icing, compressing and elevating the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes at least 4 times a day. If this fails, then in-depth treatment will be recommended. The chiropractor will recommend exercises which will help in the strengthening of the tissues of the muscles and tendons. You will begin by lifting small rubber weights, or pulling on a rubber band, to promote small resistance training, in a single planar motion.
The Graston Technique, also known as deep muscle massage can also be used, if there is the build-up of scar tissue on the tendons and muscles. The exercises mentioned above will slowly increase in progress, from simple to very demanding as the injury heals. This kind of injury may take an extended period of time to completely heal, depending on the extent of damage.
Bicep tendinitis can be confused with Bicep tendonitis, especially if you have never had an injury to this area before. With tendonitis, there is a complete rapture of the tendon, where it separates from the bone, but with tendinitis, the tendon is only inflamed, and the pain may radiate into the muscle.
After Treatment… Then What?
After you have gone through the treatment and the pain has subsided, you should be careful about the activities that you undertake. You may have to talk to a sports chiropractor, who will be able to advise you on the type of physical activity that you can undertake for the immediate period after recovery. It is not uncommon for sports people to dive right back into their old techniques, and then have the injury occur once again.
The chiropractor will also propose exercises which will strengthen the muscles and tendons, so that increased sporting activity does not make the condition occur again. With proper management, you will be able to get back to your normal sporting activities, and perhaps even perform better due to the strengthening exercises that you will have been performing. Patience and adherence to the advice of your chiropractor is very important to the success of your treatment, subsequent recovery and return to your normal activities.
Dr. Hamilton D.C. is an experienced chiropractor, located in Aurora, Colorado. You do not have to suffer in silence, especially when Bicep Tendinitis is affecting your daily recreational activities and sports. Make an appointment with and see how you can get the pain out of your bicep shoulder area and live normally once again. Call to make an appointment today!