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The Biceps Tendon and how it affects Shoulder Pain

Aug 4, 2023 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

The bicep muscle could be imagined as two muscles side by side that ultimately separate into two “heads” that attach to tendons and connect into the shoulder complex. The short head of the bicep connects to the scapula and is rarely a pain generator. On the other hand, the long head of the bicep attaches to the glenoid, which is where the humerus connects to the shoulder blade, or the area we more often call the rotator cuff. If the tendon that connects the long head of the bicep to the glenoid becomes inflamed due to excessive friction or overloading of the muscle-tendon unit it can be experienced as pain in the anterior (front) of the shoulder.

This tendinopathy often co-occurs with other shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff disease or subacromial impingement. In a chiropractic setting, non-surgical LHBT management begins with a case history and careful examination of the shoulder and adjacent sites of the body to determine all potential causes of the patient’s pain and disability.

In-office treatment may involve both thrust and non-thrust manipulative therapy techniques applied to the shoulder joints, as well as the cervical and thoracic spinal regions. Soft tissue techniques may also be used to address issues found in the muscles surrounding the shoulder region. Treatment may also include modalities like ultrasound, laser therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, and iontophoresis.

Patients will also be advised to remain active within pain tolerances and be provided with assurance that their condition will improve. These instructions are very important because it’s natural for people with a painful condition to modify or even cease activities to avoid pain, but these practices are more likely to prolong pain and disability and lead to additional problems. Patients may also be asked to perform exercises at home to facilitate the treatment process (including resistance training and/or stretches, depending on the patient’s unique case).

As with many musculoskeletal conditions, the earlier in the course of the disease you seek treatment, the more likely you’ll receive a satisfactory outcome with conservative approaches. 

So, if you are experiencing shoulder pain and you type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you will find that Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “What is wrong with my shoulder and who in my area can help”? 

Do I have a muscle strain in the shoulder muscles? If it is a strained muscle, why is it getting worse instead of better? Perhaps, you have been taking chemicals and the pain persists as well? Do I have tendonitis?  Is it a rotator cuff tear or rotator cup problem? Pickle ball, golf, and tennis are common sports to cause shoulder pain. Some near you try shoulder workouts with the shoulder muscles to no avail. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional around you before it becomes a frozen shoulder.

Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for shoulder pain here:


Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or first Class IV high-intensity laser treatment. If you would like to avoid getting shoulder pain in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness nearby, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

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