When you hear the term Bicipital Tendonitis, you’d be forgiven for questioning what the heck it is!
Much like many conditions in the body, Bicipital Tendonitis sounds like a spell from Harry Potter. But in fact, it’s a common condition that can cause shoulder pain, usually brought on by repetitive motions in the shoulder.
Let’s explore what causes it and how you can treat it if you suffer from shoulder pain.
What is Bicipital Tendonitis?
As you may or may not know, your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that’s made up of your Humerus, Scapula, and Clavicle bones.
You’ve also got the Glenoid, which is lined with soft cartilage and helps the upper arm fit into the shoulder socket; the Rotator Cuff, the muscles and tendons that keep your arm in the socket; then, the Biceps Tendons – this is where Bicipital Tendonitis occurs.
Bicipital Tendonitis, also known as Biceps Tendinitis, is an inflammation of these tendons around the top of the bicep muscle. This strong structure is the important connector between the bicep muscle and the bones of the shoulder.
If you suffer from this condition, you will experience pain in the front of the shoulder when you bring your arm forward or flex the bicep muscle, as well as tenderness in the tendons and muscles and general weakness in the shoulder area.
What Causes Bicipital Tendonitis?
Shoulder conditions are very common as the shoulder is used much more often than you may realise and so they can be overused, particularly if you’re active.
As well as overworking the joint during exercise, the inflammation of the tendon can also occur from degeneration due to the aging process.
If you’re not sure what the pain is in your shoulder, also read our blog ‘What is a Shoulder Impingement and How Do I Treat It?’ to understand your discomfort. If you’re not sure if you’ve got Bicipital Tendonitis or Shoulder Impingement, we can help.
How to Treat Bicipital Tendonitis?
As with any pain in your body, the first thing you should do is rest the area, using the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) method is encouraged. It’s imperative not to overwork the shoulder joints and tendons when you’re suffering from an injury or inflammation because a shoulder can also take a long time to heal if considerable damage has been done.
In extreme circumstances, surgery may be required but a robust physical rehabilitation programme should be your first port of call.
You should consult with your physical therapist to determine the source of the pain and work together to compile a recovery programme that can work for you. Physical rehabilitation typically involves stretching and strengthening exercises to restore your shoulder back to its peak. Massaging and manipulating the area can also help.
Physical Therapy and Bicipital Tendonitis
If you recognise these symptoms and are frustrated with feeling a persistent pain in your shoulder, get in touch with our extremely knowledgeable Peak Performance team. We can help create a bespoke treatment plan, so you never have to experience the depressing and demoralizing pain associated with this condition.
We have the skills and know how to help you recover and strengthen the weak muscles and tendons around the shoulder, so get yourself booked in today