Biceps tendonitis is an inflammation of the upper part of the biceps tendon where it attaches in the shoulder. This condition is common when a person performs a lot of overhead activities and overuses the joint.
A patient with this condition reports pain in the front of the shoulder, especially when lifting things. Sometimes patients describe pain at night and occasional snapping in the front of the shoulder.
Initial treatment of biceps tendonitis involves rest, ice application, and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, etc.). In some circumstances, a cortisone injection may be given to resolve the inflammation. Physical therapy is also recommended to restore range of motion and strengthen supporting musculature of the shoulder. If a patient fails conservative treatment, arthroscopic surgery may be necessary.