The biceps tendon attaches muscles to the shoulder in two separate places and helps bend the elbow and rotate the forearm, while the acromioclavicular (AC) joint involves the junction of the acromion and clavicle bones, often marked by a small bump on the shoulder.
Injury to these structures can occur as a result of:
- Overhead activity such as throwing, weight lifting or sports
- A fall or other type of trauma
When the bicep is injured, it can result in inflammation or a partial or complete tear. These injuries can cause severe pain, bruising and weakness.
Surgical treatment depends on the type and severity of the condition. Standard procedure is an open operation. However, many of these procedures can be performed through arthroscopy for:
- Less scarring
- Less bleeding
- Shorter recovery times
Dr. Scott Sigman is a leader in developing a new arthroscopic technique, arthroscopic suprapectoral biceps tenodesis, with similar outcomes to the open operation on bicep injuries.