Bicipital Tendonitis

Bicipital tendonitis is inflammation of the biceps tendon (long head), which is seen at the bicipital groove at the humeral head. This is an inflammatory condition that results in limited shoulder position and function secondary to pain.


What causes bicipital tendonitis?

This tendon may be impinged with movements that require elevation and internal rotation of the arm. The head of the humerus, acromion and coroclavicular ligaments may be impinge on the bicipital tendon when the arm is elevated and internally rotated. Often, there will be concomitant labral tear, rotator cuff tear, and/or joint pathology seen with bicipital tendonitis as these issues tend to be closely associated in pathology.

What are the symptoms of bicipital tendonitis?

  • Sharp pain
  • Bruising
  • Audible snap

Common Treatments Available for Bicipital Tendonitis