injuries are a common problem in the general population, but these
injuries are particularly common in weight lifting, body building,
tennis, golf and martial arts.
Among the most common injuries is
sprain/strain of the biceps. This muscle flexes the forearm to the
shoulder. It is commonly injured through repetitive use, violent
stretch and with acceleration/deceleration of the arm/shoulder unit.
biceps has two heads, as the name would suggest, one entering the
shoulder capsule through the biceps groove and running under the
shoulder blade, the other head attaching on the coronoid process of the
of biceps tendinitis reflect the relationship of the biceps tendon to
surrounding structures. This sometimes makes diagnosis more
challenging, and sometimes it leads to inaccurate diagnosis.
is easy to see, from the figure to the right, that the long head of the
biceps run through the bicipital groove. As it does so, it is very
close to the suscapularis muscle. Inflammation here, will cause
symptoms in all muscle groups in contact with the injured tendon. I
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As the biceps tendon attaches very close to the attachment of the
subscapularis muscle, resulting symptoms include pain, spasm and
achiness under the shoulder blade. This muscle spasm is very difficult
to treat. The shoulder blade lies between the skin and the muscle,
making it difficult to approach directly. It must be treated indirectly, which requires more finesse and time.
consists of oral anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants and
topical anti-inflammatories. Injection is a last resort, because it
can weaken the tendon, leading to rupture.
Treatment must be focused on the tendons of the shoulder capsule, maintenance of flexibility, and reduction in inflammation.
topical anti-inflammatory of choice may be a combination of
flurbiprofen and ketoprofen in an isopropyl alcohol with NDMS
enhancement. This is a compounded product, available by prescription.
An alternative to prescription medications, one that is available without prescription is ‘kink-ease,’
which is a high potency MSM salve. In either case, the topical should
be used first thing in the morning, last thing at night and once or
twice during the day.
The Keto/flurbo is a prescription medication, a custom compounded mixture must be ordered by your physician. It costs about $40 per ounce.
Kink ease is available, without prescription, at a cost of about $4.50 an ounce. It can be found at this web address: www.stages-of-life.com