Biceps tendinitis is swelling of the long head of the biceps tendon at the shoulder.
Sufferers will commonly complain of pain at the front of the shoulder which may radiate down the arm. The pain is often felt at night, and during overhead activities, including marking or throwing a ball, putting the clothes on the line or painting the ceiling. Some people describe clicking or snapping with shoulder movements. And in more advanced cases simply holding an iPad can increase pain.
Biceps tendinitis can sideline a football or tennis player- particularly when a muscle imbalance, joint instability or rotator cuff weakness is present.
To prevent biceps tendinitis;
- avoid long term repetitive overhead activities
- warm up before use (sporting practice & game play)
- stretch after strengthening biceps and pecs
- strengthen upper back & rotator cuff muscles
If you get symptoms;
- ice for 20 mins, 2-4 hourly during the initial phase or when the area is warm
- avoid agitating activities
- tape for sport / work support
- consult your GP about NSAIDs or cortisone injection
Biceps tendinitis is rarely seen in isolation from other shoulder joint issues. It's best to seek thorough assessment by someone in the know- if you have any shoulder issues.
Author Jo Marsh
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