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Biceps Treatments

  • PRICE therapy: Protecting, Resting, applying Ice, Compression (such as wrapping the area with an elastic bandage), and Elevation are enough treatment for most biceps strains.
  • Pain relievers: Over-the-counter pain medicines like Motrin (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen), and Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help relieve mild biceps pain. Severe biceps pain may require prescription pain relievers.
  • Physical therapy: A stretching and exercise program supervised by a physical therapist can improve recovery from some biceps injuries.
  • Biceps surgery: Surgery is occasionally recommended for biceps injuries. In people with severe biceps tendinitis and/or tendon tears or ruptures, surgery may be beneficial.
  • Biceps tenodesis: Biceps surgery to cut the biceps tendon where it attaches to the shoulder, and reattach it to the arm bone (humerus). Biceps tenodesis can relieve pain and inflammation from biceps tendinitis.
  • Biceps tenotomy: A surgeon severs an injured biceps tendon in the shoulder, to prevent ongoing pain and inflammation. The surgery relieves pain, but may result in some biceps weakness.

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