Biceps Tendinopathy Physical Therapy Treatment Principles: FPF Show Episode 135

By dpope2020

June 7, 2024

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Biceps Tendinopathy Physical Therapy Treatment Principles: FPF Show Episode 135

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In today's video we go over Biceps Tendinopathy Physical Therapy Treatment Principles: 


  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 2:26 What does the medical literature say is effective for treating biceps tendinopathy?
  • 2:55 What specific physical therapy treatments are shown to be effective?
  • 6:33 What do experts on biceps tendinopathy recommend as physical therapy treatment?
  • 12:40 Can we treat biceps tendinopathy the same as rotator cuff related pain or subacromial pain?
  • 18:58 Anatomical considerations in the treatment of biceps tendinopathy
  • 20:13 What movements in the weight room tend to aggravate biceps tendinopathy
  • 24:29 The role of patient education and modifying lifestyle and training during physical therapy
  • 29:02 Guidelines for exercise modification during gym training. 
  • 30:12 How much pain is acceptable when weight training?
  • 33:54 How to create a progressive physical therapy program for patients
  • 38:13 Why training the rotator cuff is probably paramount in patients with biceps tendinopathy

So happy I can treat all of my problems with bicep curls....


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