Bicep Tendonitis

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Bicep Tendonitis

The biceps muscle and tendon play a major role in the function of your shoulder. The bicep’s muscle has two muscle belly’s and two distinct  attachments or tendons. Because the bicep muscle plays such a major role in the shoulder joint, it can become overworked and become inflamed. When the tendon itself becomes irritated and inflamed, it is called bicep tendonitis. To learn more about the anatomy of the shoulder, go to this Shoulder Anatomy Video. 

Biceps tendinitis is a somewhat common orthopedic condition.

Anatomical musculature of the arm.


Treatment for bicep tendonitis initially involves rest or avoidance of the activities that initiated the shoulder pain (repetitive overuse or overhead activities). Ice or anti-inflammatories are helpful to decrease the swelling and irritation in the tendon. Stretches and posture exercises to decrease the strain on the rotator cuff tendons. Sometimes Physical Therapy is used to help identify flexibility, strength, and postural deficits. These are used to  formulate a plan to improve the conditions. If these conservative treatments are not effective, then injections of corticosteroids can be used to decrease inflammation. In rare cases surgery may be needed for debridement in tendons with chronic tendonitis that have not responded to conservative treatment.

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