The biceps brachii muscle has two tendons that run along the front side of the upper shoulder. Repetitive stress to the biceps tendons, particularly the long head, can cause irritation and inflammation on the front side of the shoulder joint.
Repetitive overhead activity in sport, work, or daily life can cause biceps tendonitis.
– Repetitive overhead activities.
– Poor shoulder control on follow through portion of throwing/pitching.
– Poor posture.
– Rotator cuff and scapular stabilizer weakness.
– Pain in the front of the shoulder.
– Pain when performing overhead activities and forward reaching.
– Stiffness/weakness in the shoulder.
At Home Diagnostic Tests
– Speed’s Test (video).
At Home Care
– Avoid overhead and other irritating activities.
– Comfort care – NSAIDs, ice.
When to Seek Help
Contact your physical therapist if the pain gets worse or does not subside within 7 days.