Dr. Bobby Chhabra has extensive leadership experience in orthopaedic surgery, practicing within the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System. Serving as UVA Athletics team physician, Dr. Bobby Chhabra has knowledge spanning hand, tendon, and upper extremity injuries.
Tendon injuries include those involving the biceps, a muscle that inhabits the front of the upper arms. The biceps attaches to the shoulder bones through a pair of tendons and is also attached at the elbow to the radius bone through a single tendon.
Associated with overuse and repetitive motion, biceps tendonitis often occurs among athletes who swim or play tennis, baseball, or golf. Occurring either at the elbow or the shoulder, it may be accompanied by rotator cuff tendonitis.
While painful, this type of tendonitis usually can be resolved through a combination of therapies that include cold packs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. A common recommendation is extended rest, free from heavy lifting and the repetitive motion that caused the injury. Over time, a full range of motion and pain-free movement should be attained.
In serious cases, surgery may be recommended, with the tendon lining opened and the inflammatory tissue taken out. In addition, tears in the tendon are identified and repaired.
An orthopedic surgeon with a specialization in hand and upper extremity surgery, Bobby Chhabra currently splits his time between various teaching and clinical responsibilities at the University of Virginia.