Overhead Movements Can Lead to Biceps Tendonitis

Biceps tendonitis occurs when you experience inflammation in the tendon that connects the top part of your bicep to your shoulder. It is most common in athletes who use overhead motions such as throwing, swimming and swinging a racquet or in people whose job requires them to raise their arms over their head.

“When you perform the same motion repeatedly, damaged cells in your tendon do not have time to repair themselves,” says Jimmy D. Bowen, MD, FAAPMR, CSCS, physiatrist who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System.

Treatment begins with conservative measures such as rest, anti-inflammatory medications and physical or occupational therapy. Bowen-Jimmy_MG_0172“In extreme cases, or when you also have other shoulder problems, we may recommend surgery,” says Bowen.

Saint Francis’ Sports Medicine Program helps athletes recover from tendonitis and many other sports-related injuries. Through the program, patients recover the speed and strength they need to excel.

For more information,  call 573-331-3000.

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