What is biceps tendinitis?
The biceps muscle travels along the front of upper arm (humerus) and splits into two portions near the shoulder. The two portions of the biceps muscle are the short head and the long head. The long head of the biceps tendon is directly attached to the superior labrum and passes through the shoulder joint. The short head of the biceps tendon is attached to the coracoid process of the scapula (shoulder blade). Biceps tendinitis is inflammation of one or both of these tendons, but is more common to the long head of the biceps tendon. Repetitive shoulder use, such as those associated with athletic activities, is typically the cause for inflammation. Other shoulder conditions, impingement syndrome, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, or shoulder trauma, can cause inflammation of these tendons as well. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder specialist serving patients in Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs, has the knowledge and understanding, as well as substantial experience in treating patients who have experienced biceps tendinitis.