Biceps Tendonitis Symptoms, Remedies & More

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Biceps tendonitis, sometimes also spelled tendinitis, often occurs in athletes and others who make repetitive overhead motions. Tendonitis in the shoulder is common in swimmers, baseball and tennis players. Tendonitis in the elbow area, sometimes known as tennis elbow, involves the biceps muscle at its lower end, where it joins with the bottom of the humerus. This article concerns itself with biceps tendonitis.

Biceps tendonitis or tendinosis is often a part of the aging process too. As people age, their shoulder muscles, tendons and joints experience wear and tear, especially if they’ve been subjected to repetitive motion like hanging clothes or painting ceilings.1‘Biceps Tendinitis.’ Ortho Info. www.orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/biceps-tendinitis.

1. The Anatomy of the Biceps and Shoulder

Tendons are structures that attach muscles to bones and allow muscles to move a limb or other body part. The biceps is the muscle in front of the upper arm. The biceps tendon at the shoulder divides into two tendons called the long head and the short head. The long head is the tendon most associated with biceps tendonitis.

The shoulder joint is made up of three bones: the bone of the upper arm, or humerus, the shoulder blade and the collarbone. The biceps tendon joins with the bone at the top of the humerus, where it fits into the joint socket.1‘Biceps Tendinitis.’ Ortho Info. www.orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/biceps-tendinitis.

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