If the tendon around the long head of the bicep muscle is inflamed this results in a condition called biceps tendinitis. This can occur by degeneration of the tendon, particularly caused by sports that require overhead motion or as a result of the aging process. Biceps tendonitis can usually be treated by a biceps tenodesis surgery. Melbourne has clinics that offer this surgery so you can live pain-free. Patients who suffer from biceps tendinitis will report deep, throbbing aches in the anterior of their shoulder. This pain can be further exacerbated by repetitive overhead motions. Local anaesthetic injections have been used as both therapy and diagnosis. Ultrasonography is preferred when it comes to generating a visual of the overall tendon, and magnetic resonance imaging is preferred for intra-articular tendons. Prior to trying surgery, patients may try conservative methods such as rest, ice, physical therapy and oral analgesics to treat the bicep tendon. If after three months these measures are still failing then it is recommended for the patient to look into surgery.
Tendons help attach the biceps to the bones of the shoulder and the elbow and is basically a strong cord of tissue. Tears of the bicep tendon at the elbow are uncommon but when they do happen they will not grow back. While there are other muscles that will help make it possible for the elbow to bend fairly well without the biceps tendon, these muscles cannot fulfil the functions of the elbow; especially the rotation of the forearm to trigger the palm up and palm down rotation. A distal biceps tendon repair in the Melbourne CBD will need to be performed to fix this issue. It is highly recommended that this surgery be undertaken within two to three weeks of the initial injury. Waiting longer than this period of time can result in the tendon and biceps muscle shortening, which may lead to surgery becoming impossible and ineffective.