Bicipital tendinitis is an inflammation of one of the tendons that
attach the muscle (biceps) on the front of the upper arm bone (humerus) to the
shoulder joint. The inflammation usually occurs along the groove (bicipital
groove) where the tendon passes over the humerus to attach just above the
shoulder joint. See a picture of the
Causes may include:
- Overuse, especially in athletes who use throwing
- Inflammatory conditions, such as
Symptoms may include:
- Shoulder pain that may spread down the front of
- Tenderness where the biceps meets the shoulder (bicipital
- Decreased shoulder movement and pain.
- A bulge
in the biceps (if one of the biceps tendons ruptures).
rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), gentle exercise, stopping
smoking, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Smoking can interfere
with healing of tendinitis by decreasing blood supply and delaying tissue
sling may be used temporarily for comfort. In rare
cases surgery is recommended if home treatment does not help.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
August 23, 2011
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