Biceps tendinitis is an irritation or inflammation of the upper biceps tendon. It is usually a result of tendon degeneration from playing sports that require an overhead arm motion (e.g. tennis, volleyball). However, biceps tendinitis is also caused from the normal aging process.
The result of tendon degeneration, or muscle overuse, can be pain or even a complete tear of the bicep’s tendon. In these cases, and in cases of extreme tendinitis, surgery is required in order to repair the muscle and return strength to your shoulder and arm.
Post-op recovery typically lasts 6 months, and includes the wearing of a sling/brace, and physical therapy.
Some additional common symptoms of biceps tendinitis include:
- Shoulder pain
- Shoulder weakness
- Odd appearance due to muscle bunching together after tearing (called a ‘pop-eye’)
- Pain when twisting forearm
The Biceps Tendinitis is: The inflammation or irritation of the upper biceps tendon around the long head of the biceps muscle.