Biceps Tendinitis

Biceps tendinitis is an inflammation or swelling of the long head of the biceps tendon. Patients with Biceps tendinitis often have pain is often present in the front of the shoulder and weakness of elbow bending are common.

In most cases, damage to the biceps tendon is due to a repetitive normal activities can be worsened by overuse repeating the same shoulder motions again and again. Sports activities — particularly those that require repetitive overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis and volley ball can also put people at risk for biceps tendinitis.

Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound of the shoulder may be needed to confirm the diagnosis


Nonsurgical treatment is tried first with rest, ice, physiotherapy, pain killers and if need be local steroid injections are also given.

Surgical Treatment

If the patient does not improve with nonsurgical treatment, surgery may have to be done.

Surgery for biceps tendinitis is usually best performed arthroscopically. This allows us to assess the condition of the biceps tendon as well as other structures in the shoulder.

Biceps tenodesis: Damged and painful part of the biceps is removed from the shoulder and is reattached to the upper arm bone (humerus). This procedure is called a biceps tenodesis. Removing the painful part of the biceps usually resolves symptoms and restores normal function.


Disclaimer: These are  general description of the medical condition . This does not constitute medical advice. Each patient is different and the patient’s treatment has to be undertaken after consultation with your Orthopaedic Surgeon. These  for patient’s information alone and shall not have any legal or treatment implications.

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