What is the Biceps Long Head?
The Biceps muscle splits into two tendons at the shoulder - one short and one long. The long tendon runs over the humerus (upper arm bone) and attaches to the top of the scapula (shoulder blade). Inflammation of this tendon is a common complaint, particularly with swimmers, golfers, rowers, throwers and weight lifters.
Symptoms of an Inflamed Biceps Long Head include pain at the front of the shoulder; Pain when lifting your arm out in front against resistance and pain when pressing the tendon at the front of the shoulder.
Initial treatment should consist of rest and anti-inflammatories to ease pain and inflammation. Your Doctor may provide medications to help with this too.
Sports massage can help improve healing rates and muscle flexibility and your therapist can demonstrate stretching and strengthening exercises too.
A cold pack is essential for reducing pain and inflammation in this tendon.