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
Shoulder pain that may spread down the front of
Tenderness where the biceps meets the shoulder (bicipital
Decreased shoulder movement and pain.
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.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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