Inflammation of the biceps tendon at the elbow is characterized by inflammation and pain in the part of the tendon that attaches the bicep muscle to the radius bone at the elbow. The distal biceps tendon is vulnerable to tendonitis and can become inflamed as a result of overuse and overexertion through physical activities such as lifting weights and rowing. Symptoms of an inflamed tendon include pain when bending the elbow, aching and tenderness in the affected area, and thickening and redness at the elbow.
Treatment options include ice and the use of anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and inflammation. Strengthening and stretching exercises may also be prescribed in order to promote proper use of the muscles of the elbow. Other treatment options, which include the use of heat therapy and ultrasound, may be recommended. Surgery is not typically unnecessary; however, a rupture of the tendon may require surgery.