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Biceps Tendinitis is an inflammation or irritation of the upper biceps tendon. Also called the long head of the biceps tendon, this strong, cord-like structure connects the biceps muscle to the bones in the shoulder.

Pain in the front of the shoulder and weakness are common symptoms of Biceps Tendinitis. They can often be relieved with rest and medication. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to repair the tendon.


Biceps Tendinitis is inflammation of the long head of the biceps tendon. In its early stages, the tendon becomes red and swollen. As tendinitis develops, the tendon sheath (covering) can thicken. The tendon itself often thickens or grows larger.

The tendon in these late stages is often dark red in color due to the inflammation. Occasionally, the damage to the tendon can result in a tendon tear, and then deformity of the arm (a "Popeye" bulge in the upper arm).

Biceps Tendinitis usually occurs along with other shoulder problems. In most cases, there is also damage to the rotator cuff tendon. Other problems that often accompany biceps tendinitis include:

1. Arthritis of the shoulder joint

2. Tears in the glenoid labrum

3. Chronic shoulder instability (dislocation)

4. Shoulder impingement

5. Other diseases that cause inflammation of the shoulder joint liningCause


1. Pain or tenderness in the front of the shoulder, which worsens with overhead lifting or activity

2. Pain or achiness that moves down the upper arm bone

3. An occasional snapping sound or sensation in the shoulder