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Biceps Tendon Injury at the Shoulder (Tear/Tendonitis)

Biceps Tendon Tear and Biceps Tendon Tendonitis: A Closer Look

Proximal biceps tendonThe biceps muscle has two tendons that attach to bones in the shoulder. The long head attaches to the top of the shoulder socket (glenoid) and the soft tissue (labrum). The short head of the biceps tendon attaches to a bump on the shoulder blade called the coracoid process.


Biceps tendonitis is inflammation of the long head of the biceps tendon. Pain in the front of the shoulder and weakness are common symptoms of biceps tendonitis.


In the early stages of biceps tendonitis, the tendon becomes red and swollen. As tendonitis develops, the tendon can thicken. 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).


There are several non-surgical and surgical options to treat biceps tendon tears and tendonitis.


For more specific information, please check with your provider.


Source and for more information: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)