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Health Information For Teens
Tendonitis is when a tendon becomes inflamed, irritated, and swollen. Tendons are tough bands of soft tissue that connect muscle to bone. They are pulled when muscles contract to allow body parts to move.
The biceps is the muscle on the front of the upper arm. The upper part of the biceps is called the proximal biceps. Proximal biceps tendonitis is tendonitis of the tendon that connects the upper part of the biceps to the shoulder.
Biceps tendonitis can happen on its own, or with or after a shoulder injury.
People with proximal biceps tendonitis usually have pain in the front of the shoulder. Most of the time, the pain starts slowly and gets worse the more a person uses that arm. The pain may be worse at night or with lifting, pulling, or reaching overhead. The shoulder may get stiff or weak.
Proximal biceps tendonitis usually is an overuse injury. This means it happens from doing the same movement over and over again.
Proximal biceps tendonitis usually affects adults and older teens whose growth plates have closed (which means they’ve stopped growing). Teens who play sports with a lot of arm movement, especially overhead movements — such as in baseball, swimming, volleyball, and tennis — are more likely to get it.
To diagnose proximal biceps tendonitis, health care providers:
Occasionally, doctors order imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI to check for or rule out other problems.
Someone with proximal biceps tendonitis needs to rest the arm and shoulder.
Your health care provider also may recommend some or all of these:
If these treatments don’t help, doctors may consider steroid injections in the area of the biceps tendon and shoulder.
Teen with biceps tendonitis can return to sports when the pain is better and they:
Going back to sports too soon puts someone at risk for another injury that could possibly be more serious. Your health care provider will let you know when it’s safe for you to go back to sports.
Proximal biceps tendonitis usually heals well in 6 weeks to a few months and doesn’t cause any long-term problems. It’s important to rest, stretch, and rehabilitate the arm and shoulder long enough to let it heal fully. A slow return to activities and sports can help prevent the tendonitis from coming back.
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen when movements are repeated over and over, damaging a bone, tendon, or joint.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
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If the tendon just above your heel becomes swollen or irritated due to overuse, it can lead to a painful condition called Achilles tendonitis. Find out how to treat it – and prevent it.
This site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.
Sprains and strains are common injuries, especially for people who play hard or are intoÂ sports. Find out what they are and how to recuperate from one.
Baseball is by no means a dangerous sport. But it can present a very real risk of injuries from things like wild pitches, batted balls, and collisions in the field.
Injuries in tennis are rare, but it’s good to be aware before you play. To minimize your risk of injury while playing tennis, follow these safety tips.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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