Distal biceps tendonitis

Intro: Tendonitis of the distal biceps tendon involves inflammation of the tendon caused by repetitive motion (overhead especially) or overuse. There may be degeneration of the tendon (tendinosis) as well.

Symptoms: Tenderness on palpation of the elbow and pain with flexion of elbow.

Treatment: Physical therapy and medications. A steroid injection near the tendon may help with this condition. Regenerative treatment such as plasma rich platelet (PRP) injection, which promotes healing of the tendon, is another treatment modality for this condition. Surgery may be considered in refractory cases.