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cunniff81IconBicep tendonitis14-06-2011 @ 12:35 
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Since there isn't an injuries forum thought I would put this here.

I have had birsitus (tendonitis) in both biceps for about 4 years now. I have had cortizone shots in the past, last being 2 yrs ago. They have flared up again and I was just wondering if anyone else has had similar dramas and how they went about fixing them, if you can.

I have done the rest, ice and stuff. Just wondering if there is anything else that is all.
davycummingsIcon...14-06-2011 @ 12:39 
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cunniff81 said:Since there isn't an injuries forum thought I would put this here.

I have had birsitus (tendonitis) in both biceps for about 4 years now. I have had cortizone shots in the past, last being 2 yrs ago. They have flared up again and I was just wondering if anyone else has had similar dramas and how they went about fixing them, if you can.

I have done the rest, ice and stuff. Just wondering if there is anything else that is all.


I had some recent problems with this. I started taking cissus on the reccomendation of some on here, and started getting regular friction work done. It has helped a lot.
ranathariIcon...14-06-2011 @ 12:49 
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Bursitis isn't tendonitis. They're different things with different treatments.
cunniff81Icon...14-06-2011 @ 13:16 
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ranathari said:Bursitis isn't tendonitis. They're different things with different treatments.


It's bursitis then. It's a inflamed bicep tendon going up into the shoulder. The pain radiates from the lower bicep up to the shoulder.
cunniff81Icon...14-06-2011 @ 13:17 
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davycummings said:
I had some recent problems with this. I started taking cissus on the reccomendation of some on here, and started getting regular friction work done. It has helped a lot.


I will look into both of them. Thanks.
richcooperIcon...14-06-2011 @ 13:17 
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i had something simelar a while back, aparently the underlying factor is how far you can supinate your hands ( turn them palm up) if you cant turn them all the way and you do alot of straight bar exercises i.e bicep curls, underhand pull downs that sort of thing. it puts excess and unnatural strain on the tondons and can create pockets of fluid.

if you can supinate your hands fully then i have no clue!!
chrisjenkinsIcon...14-06-2011 @ 13:25 
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cunniff81 said:Since there isn't an injuries forum thought I would put this here.

I have had birsitus (tendonitis) in both biceps for about 4 years now. I have had cortizone shots in the past, last being 2 yrs ago. They have flared up again and I was just wondering if anyone else has had similar dramas and how they went about fixing them, if you can.

I have done the rest, ice and stuff. Just wondering if there is anything else that is all.


I used to suffer very bad in the brachialis area up to my shoulder. I used to squat with a narrow arm spacing, as soon as I would squat over 300kg the pain would get worse as the weight increased each week. I had to change my training days, if I squatted early in the week and benched a day or two later I would get serious pain in my arms. I tried acupunture, pain killers etc both helped but didnt get rid of the problem. I was only when I took my grip wider and used a bench shirt tighter on the arms for equipped benching that it stopped.
cunniff81Icon...14-06-2011 @ 13:27 
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richcooper said:i had something simelar a while back, aparently the underlying factor is how far you can supinate your hands ( turn them palm up) if you cant turn them all the way and you do alot of straight bar exercises i.e bicep curls, underhand pull downs that sort of thing. it puts excess and unnatural strain on the tondons and can create pockets of fluid.

if you can supinate your hands fully then i have no clue!!


That's funny that. I have always had issues with straight bar curls and stuff like that, but thought it was more wrist issues. But could have been that. I know to steer clear of those for a while to see if it helps.
richcooperIcon...14-06-2011 @ 13:31 
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try it, its suppringly easy to work around and after 4 weeks i was sorted, had no problems since i just make sure i keep away from straight bar
ursusIcon...14-06-2011 @ 14:28 
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Stand infront of a mirror with your hands by your side then with straight arms turn your palms to face the mirror. If your arms flare out slightly at an angle rather than "straight" down then you should avoid straight bar curling full stop (including reverse curls). It is one of the reasons the EZ bar was invented.
If you feel the need to curl for your arms then i would suggest only the Hammer version .
martinIcon...14-06-2011 @ 14:36 
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cunniff81 said:
It's bursitis then. It's a inflamed bicep tendon going up into the shoulder. The pain radiates from the lower bicep up to the shoulder.


It's not bursitis then. An inflamed tendon is tendinosis, an infalmed bursa (fluid sac) is bursitis.

It does help to know what's wrong in order to know how to fix it Happy

I had bad tendon problems in my biceps just like Chris mentioned above, in the same place you describe. Caused through squats normally but became problematic ebnching, especially when the two come close together in the training week. Cure was to not squat for a while, use an 8ft bar with wide hands and no thumb or saftey bar for a while longer.

Work on shoulder flexibility ALOT and it may go away with time.

Anti-inflams can help too taken regularly.
ButtyIcon...14-06-2011 @ 16:02 
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I am trained in two techniques, one called Trigenics and the other ART (active release technique). I've had really good success with treating guys in my gym with similar problems. I have a gym based in Southampton if you are able to get to me I will treat it for you bud.
SimeonIcon...14-06-2011 @ 19:01 
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I've had sore tricep tendons and found wearing elbow sleeves works wonders. Dunno if it'd help for bicep tendonitis but i imagine so
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