In bicep tendonitis, the tendon is inflamed usually as a result of an abnormal stress or repetitive use of the tendon. The bicep tendon located in front of the shoulder helps bend the elbow and turn the forearm. Signs of this condition include the slow onset of discomfort or pain in the upper shoulder and difficulty in sleeping on the shoulder. Pain may occur when the arm is forcefully pushed upward, raised overhead, or moved behind the back.
Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by the physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to reduce pain and inflammation. Treatments may include: ice/heat, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises will be added gradually.
After your initial prescription for physical therapy is completed, your physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.
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