There are four basic types of bicep tendon injuries.
- The first is known as tendinitis (acute)/tendinosis (chronic) which usually occurs or is brought about from overuse or in proper biomechanical wear.
- The second is bicep tendon dislocations.
- The third is the bicep tendon tear.
- Lastly is the bicep tendon impingement syndrome.
1.Tendinitis & Tendinosis
Tendinitis is a condition associated with overuse and is usually less than two weeks of duration. Using ice and some anti-inflammatories and rest will result in the body recovering from this type of injury.
The increase of various foods such as onions, garlic and other foods high in sulfur will aid in tendon tear prevention. Some individuals, who use excessive antibiotics prior to a tear, will result in weakening of the tissue. Fluoro quinolones such as Cipro, are commonly associated with tendon tears and should be avoided whenever possible.
Please see a physician anytime you have sharp pain, bruising, fever, rash, unexplained bleeding, disfiguration or simply just pain that last longer than a couple days. Any new injury should always be immediately assisted by using ice wrapped in a wet towel and placed on the affected area for approximately 10 minutes.
Remove the cold application after 10 minutes and keep the area elevated for approximately 20 to 30 minutes (or until the area has returned to normal body temperature). Repeat to steps 5 to 6 times a day. Do not apply heat to any new injury, since this will complicate the injury and result in double the amount of time necessary to completely heal.