Bicep Tendonitis


Bicep tendonitis is aggravation of the long head of the biceps tendon. In its beginning periods, the tendon winds up red and swollen. As tendinitis builds up, the tendon sheath (covering) can thicken. The tendon itself regularly thickens or becomes bigger.

The tendon in these late stages is frequently dim red in shading because of the irritation. Every so often, the harm to it can bring about wear and tear in the tendon, and after that deformation of the arm may occur that is also called a “Popeye” swell in the upper arms

What Causes Biceps Tendonitis?

Biceps tendinopathy is once in a while found alone. It is caused by abuse, tendon impingement, instability of the shoulder joint or any other injury. In this manner, it exists together with different pathologies of the shoulder, including rotator cuff impingement disorder, rotator cuff tears, labral tears and SLAP injuries. It is regular in sports that include tossing, swimmers, gymnasts and some physical games. Occupations that include overhead shoulder work or truly difficult work are in danger.

What are the Symptoms of Biceps Tendonitis?

Bicep tendonitis and tendinopathy sufferers will normally report the following symptoms to their doctors:

  • Pain in the area of the front shoulder situated over the bicipital score, periodically transmitting down to the elbow.
  • Overhead movements generally produce pain, particularly those positions that join kidnapping and outside pivot for e.g. positioning to toss.
  • The pain is frequently exasperated by bear flexion as well as elbow flexion.
  • A few patients report lethargy in muscles and clicking or snapping with movements in the shoulder.

The symptoms can generally be reduced by rest and the application of ice.

Bicep tendonitis more often than not happens alongside other shoulder issues. As a rule, there is likewise harm to the rotator sleeve tendon. Different issues that frequently go with biceps tendinitis include:

  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Tears in the glenoid labrum
  • Regular shoulder precariousness (dislocation)
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Different maladies that are cause of irritation of the shoulder joint lining

Nonsurgical Treatment

Bicep tendonitis is normally first treated with basic strategies.


The initial move toward recovery is to keep away from exercises that can aggravate the bicep.

Nonsteroidal calming medications

Medications like ibuprofen and naproxen decrease torment and swelling.

Steroid infusions

Steroids, for example, cortisone are extremely compelling mitigating solutions. Infusing steroids into the tendon can diminish pain. Your specialist will utilize these warily. In uncommon conditions, steroid infusions can additionally debilitate the officially harmed tendon, making it tear.

Physical therapy

Particular extending and fortifying activities can help reestablish scope of movement and reinforce your shoulder.

Surgical Treatment

On the off chance that your condition does not get better with nonsurgical treatment, your specialist may offer surgery. Surgery may likewise be an alternative in the event that you have other shoulder issues.

Arthroscopic surgery

Amid arthroscopy, your specialist embeds the arthroscope and little instruments into your shoulder joint.

Surgery for biceps tendinitis is normally performed arthroscopically. This enables your specialist to survey the state of the biceps tendons and in addition different structures in the shoulder.

Amid arthroscopy, your specialist embeds a little camera, called an arthroscope, into your shoulder joint. The camera shows pictures on a TV screen, and your specialist utilizes these pictures to control little surgical instruments.