Bicipital tendinitis is an inflammation of one of the tendons that
attach the muscle (biceps) on the front of the upper arm bone (humerus) to the
shoulder joint. The inflammation usually occurs along the groove (bicipital
groove) where the tendon passes over the humerus to attach just above the
shoulder joint. See a picture of the
Causes may include:
Symptoms may include:
rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), gentle exercise, stopping
smoking, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Smoking can interfere
with healing of tendinitis by decreasing blood supply and delaying tissue
sling may be used temporarily for comfort. In rare
cases surgery is recommended if home treatment does not help.
August 23, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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