Bicipital Tendonitis Questions & Answers

Updated: Nov 21, 2018
  • Author: Britt A Durham, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is bicipital tendonitis?

What is the prevalence of bicipital tendonitis in the US?

What is the functional anatomy of the biceps relevant to bicipital tendonitis?

What are the sport-specific biomechanics that cause bicipital tendonitis?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of bicipital tendonitis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of bicipital tendonitis?

What causes bicipital tendonitis?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Bicipital Tendonitis?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of radiographs in the workup of bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of MRI in the workup of bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of ultrasound and arthrography in the workup of bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of arthroscopy in the workup of bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of injections in the evaluation and treatment of bicipital tendonitis?

Treatment

What is the role of physical therapy in the acute phase of treatment for bicipital tendonitis?

What are the risks associated with injections for the treatment of bicipital tendonitis?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of injections in the acute phase of treatment for bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of physical therapy in the recovery phase of treatment for bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of occupational therapy in the recovery phase of treatment for bicipital tendonitis?

What are the risks of physical therapy in the recovery phase of treatment for bicipital tendonitis?

When should orthopedic consultation be considered for bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of weighted pendulum swings in the treatment of bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of physical therapy in the maintenance phase of treatment for bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of bicipital tendonitis?

What is the role of tenodesis in the treatment of bicipital tendonitis?

Medications

What is the goal of drug treatment for bicipital tendonitis?

Which medications in the drug class Glucocorticoids are used in the treatment of Bicipital Tendonitis?

Which medications in the drug class Local anesthetics are used in the treatment of Bicipital Tendonitis?

Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used in the treatment of Bicipital Tendonitis?

Follow-up

What are indications for return to play following treatment of bicipital tendonitis?

What are the possible complications of bicipital tendonitis?

How is bicipital tendonitis prevented?

What is the prognosis of bicipital tendonitis?

What is included in the patient education about bicipital tendonitis?