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The bicep tendon connects the biceps muscle to bones in the shoulder and the elbow. Biceps tendinitis is inflammation of the upper biceps tendon. The inflammation occurs around the long head of the biceps tendon, where the biceps muscle connects to the shoulder bone. Biceps tendinitis generally refers to the shoulder, as although it can occur at the elbow, it rarely does.
The most common symptom is pain and weakness in the front of the shoulder, which becomes more painful with overhead lifting. There tends to be a decreased range of motion of the shoulder joint and an occasional snapping sound can heard in the shoulder. In addition, pain can sometimes be felt at times running down the arm i.e. the biceps muscle. In the early stages of biceps tendonitis, the tendon becomes red and swollen. As it develops, the tendon sheath can thicken, and on occasion the tendon can tear. Biceps tendinitis rarely occurs on its own, normally being accompanied with other shoulder problems such as damage to the rotator cuff, arthritis at the shoulder cuff, or tears in the glenoid labrum.
In most cases, damage to the biceps tendon is caused by degeneration of the tendon. As we age our muscles weaken and so eventually everyday wear and tear takes its toll on the tendon. This degeneration can be made worse by overuse of the shoulder, due to certain jobs or sports activities. Many athletes who perform continuous overhead movement such as swimmers, golfers and tennis players experience bicep tendonitis throughout their careers.
Although biceps tendonitis can be very painful, a few simple early treatment methods can help the injury heal:
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and suspect it may be biceps tendinitis causing the pain, do not hesitate to get in contact with us here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, to address your concerns. To book an appointment with us, either call us on 01-6606582, or alternatively book online here.