Tendinopathy of the long head of the biceps

Garrett M. Snyder, Scott D. Mair, Christian Lattermann

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Tendinopathy of the long head of the biceps is a common cause of anterior shoulder pain. As such, the anatomy and function of the tendon as well as its pathophysiology and different treatment methods have been studied extensively. The pathophysiology is a spectrum beginning with inflammation and leading to tendon degeneration. Different clinical tests and imaging modalities may all be employed to help aid in diagnosis. Conservative management is the first-line treatment, but surgical intervention may be warranted. In general, tenotomy or tenodesis is performed depending, among other things, on the age and activity level of the patient. There are several different methods for tenodesis, each with certain advantages and disadvantages. Patient factors must be considered when choosing the optimal treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRotator Cuff Tear
EditorsNicola Maffulli
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameMedicine and Sport Science
ISSN (Print)0254-5020
ISSN (Electronic)1662-2812

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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