Summary of Bicipital Tendinitis
Bicipital Tendinitis results from inflammation of the biceps tendon, often linked to overuse of the shoulder. It is a common injury and causes pain down the front of the arm and shoulder.
Bicipital Tendinitis FAQ's
Tendinitis is recognised as inflammation of the muscle’s tendons. In this case, it refers to inflammation of the tendons that attach the bicep muscle to the front of the arm and shoulder, resulting in pain, stiffness, weakness and decreased function in the shoulder area. If the sheath around the tendon becomes inflamed, the condition is called tenosynovitis, and both can occur in sync.
Pain is typically felt at the front of the upper arm and shoulder, made worse by lifting or engaging the shoulder in any overhead activities. Often patients describe localised tenderness in the upper arm, with a stiff ache in the shoulder.
Recovery time depends on how bad the injury is, with typical recovery time lasting between 3-6 weeks. The ability to refrain from activities that provoke the injury will make recovery time much shorter, and experts recommend you refrain from these activities for a further 3 weeks once recovery is nearly complete.
The most common cause of injury is consistent pulling and lifting motions, such as those who engage in these movements through sport or work. Problems may arise due to excessive use of the shoulder or the incorrect way in which tasks are performed. Biceps tendonitis can also be caused by other issues around the shoulder which prevent other muscles from functioning correctly. Degenerative changes may also be a factor in causing the tendon to become inflamed.
Identifying the tasks which increase the severity of the situation – and avoiding them – is the best remedy. A clinician will also prescribe exercises and pain management to deal with the pain and stiffness.
As a result of the inflammation caused by the injury, adhesions can develop that affect movement of the shoulder. Stiffness occurs due to lack of use during the injury, so it is important you engage in steady exercises to gain full range of motion again.