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Home :: Arm And Shoulder Tenosynovitis Biceps Tendon Sheath

Arm And Shoulder Tenosynovitis, Biceps Tendon Sheath

Inflammation of the lining of the biceps-tendon sheath in the upper arm and shoulder. This lining secretes a fluid that lubricates the tendon. When the lining becomes inflamed, the tendon cannot glide smoothly in Its covering.


  • Biceps tendon, which attaches the biceps muscle to the shoulder.
  • Lining and covering of the biceps tendon.
  • Soft tissue in the surrounding area, including blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, periosteum (covering to bone) and connective tissue.


  • Strain from unusual use or overuse of the biceps muscle.
  • Direct blow or injury to the shoulder. Tenosynovitis becomes more likely with repeated Injury to the biceps muscle-tondon unit.
  • Infection introduced through broken skin at the time of injury or through a surgical Incision after injury.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Constant pain or pain with motion.
  • Limited motion of the shoulder and elbow.
  • Crepitation (a "crackling" sound when the tendon moves or is touched).
  • Heat and redness over the Inflamed tendon.
  • Restriction of movement followed by a sudden painful snap, If the tendon breaks away from its attachment to bone.


Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

  • Wrap the shoulder with an elasticized bandage or use a sling until healing is complete.
  • Apply heat frequently. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot showers, heating pads, or heat liniments and ointments

Home Diet

During recovery, eat a well-balanced diet that Includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid Intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.

  • Engage in a vigorous program of physical conditioning before beginning regular sports participation.
  • Warm up adequately before practice or competition.
  • Wear protective gear appropriate for your sport.
  • Learn proper moves and techniques for your sport.

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