bicep tendonitis

bicep tendonitis

What is Bicep Tendonitis?

Bicep tendonitis is the inflammation of the upper bicep tendon which connects the bicep muscle to the bones in the shoulder. Often caused by overuse, repetitive motions from manual labor or sports activities can damage cells in the shoulder and lead to tendonitis. When cells get damaged, continued use doesn’t give them the opportunity to regenerate and can slowly deteriorate the tendons, resulting in bicep tendonitis. The bicep can also tear immediately from a sudden injury like a fall directly on the top of the shoulder.


Other shoulder problems such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement, and shoulder instability can all attribute to bicep tendonitis. Pain experienced in the front of the shoulder and a feeling of weakness are the most common symptoms of bicep tendonitis. Other symptoms that could be the result of bicep tendonitis are:

  • An audible pop or snap
  • Cramping of the bicep muscle
  • Bruising from the upper arm to the elbow
  • Difficulty turning the palm up or down

If you have any discomfort in your shoulder or experience with any of the above symptoms, you should see your doctor or sports therapist to get a proper diagnosis and prevent any further injury.

When diagnosed, immediate treatment for bicep tendonitis include resting, avoiding the activity that caused the injury, and taking over-the-counter drugs to ease the pain such as Advil or Ibuprofen. In many cases, doctors will recommend working with a physical therapist to return the bicep to full strength. Therapists will work with patients to evaluate how they performed the activity that caused the injury to reduce overuse and the risks of future injury.

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If you’re in need of physical therapy treatment on Long Island to recover from bicep tendonitis, Island Sports Physical Therapy in Glen Cove combines the best techniques with education to ensure you get better while preventing future injury. Island Sports has several locations on Long Island, making it readily accessible no matter where you reside.