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Biceps Tendonitis

Your bicep is a muscle that stretches from your shoulder to your elbow, and is mainly responsible for helping you bend your elbow, rotating your forearm and stabilizing and raising your shoulder. A strain or tear that happens to your bicep at the tendons is called Biceps Tendonitis.

What is Biceps Tendonitis?

Biceps Tendonitis is a non-inflammatory musculoskeletal condition that is marked by rupture or complete degeneration of biceps tendon at the level of the shoulder (a Proximal Biceps Tendonitis) or the elbow joint (a Distal Biceps Tendonitis).

If a Biceps Tendonitis injury is severe enough, this can lead to a Biceps Tendon tear at either the shoulder or the elbow.

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Classic presentation of biceps tendonitis involves:

  • moderate to severe pain at the level of shoulder joint and/or elbow joint that may radiate to arm and forearm
  • inability to perform activities that involve abduction of flexion at the level of elbow joint (such as cooking, opening a door etc.)
  • muscle weakness,
  • loss of grip and
  • joint stiffness.

Some individuals may experience only a dull ache due to repetitive strain on the connective tissue components.

If the injury should be severe enough for a Biceps Tear, the following symptoms can occur:

  • A 'pop' or tearing sound at the time of injury
  • Bruising
  • A sharp pain at the elbow or shoulder, and radiating down the arm
  • trouble turning the palm from face up to face down, and vice versa
  • a bulge or change in contour in your upper arm ('Popeye Syndrome') 

Causes of Biceps Tendonitis

Biceps Tendonitis is usually caused by the overuse or abusive of upper limb muscles (for example in continuous repetitive motion while playing tennis or badminton). It is often associated with other musculoskeletal conditions such as:

  • Tendon and muscle impingement
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Rotator muscle tears etc.

Professional athletes (elite golfers, tennis players), construction workers and individuals working with heavy machineries are at high risk of developing Biceps Tendonitis

How MHC Treatment Options Can Help Biceps Tendonitis

At Motion Health Centre, we are able to help Biceps Tendonitis through our Wholistic approach, which involves Chiropractic and Trigenics treatment, supplemented also with Remedial and Sports massage. 

Shoulder Recovery Program

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