Bicipital Tendonitis

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Bicipital Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the Bicipital muscles to the bones in the shoulder. The Bicipital muscle splits into two tendons at the shoulder. A long one and a short one. The long tendon runs over the top of the humerus bone and attaches to the top of the shoulder blade. Inflammation of this tendon is a fairly common complaint especially with swimmers, rowers, throwers, golfers and weight lifters.


  • Shoulder pain that may spread down the front of the arm.
  • Tenderness where the biceps meets the shoulder.
  • Decreased shoulder movement and pain.
  • A bulge in the biceps.

  • Causes:
  • Overuse, especially in athletes who use throwing motions.
  • Inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or bursitis.
  • Infection.
  • Injury.

  • Treatment:
  • placing ice packs on your shoulder for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 or 3 days or until the pain goes away
  • taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • getting an injection of a corticosteroid medication to reduce the inflammation and pain
  • doing rehabilitation exercises.

  • Generally tendonitis is referred to by the body part involved, such as Achillies tendonitis, or patellar tendonitis. Chronic overuse of tendons leads to microscopic tears within the collagen matrix, which gradually weakens the tissue. Tendonitis can also be associated with systemic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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