Shoulder Strain Injuries – Biceps Strain Rehabilitation

Hi everyone!!! It’s Wil Seto here from INSYNC PHYSIO Sports and Orthopaedic Rehab clinics, with two locations, one in Central Vancouver and one in North Burnaby BC. I’m going to talk about a type of shoulder strain and shoulder injury that involves the biceps today.

What usually goes on with a biceps injury? Your biceps muscle is made up of 2 muscles… hence “biceps”. A few things can occur.

Number 1, you can strain or pull the tendon of the long head of your biceps at the shoulder or the biceps tendon down by your elbow. You can also have what’s called Tendinopathy of the long head of the tendon at the shoulder or elbow. If it’s a minor strain or a Tendinopathy, strengthening the tendon is one of the best things you can do for it.

Here’s an exercise you can start off with. This focuses on the strengthening and rehabilitation of the tendon by performing eccentric contractions. If the left is the affected side, assist shoulder flexion with the elbow flexed all the way up with a resistance band for your non affected arm.

Then using only your affected side, slowly lower the arm and straighten the elbow with constant resistance throughout until you reach the start position again. Repeat this for 10 repetitions doing 3 sets 2x daily.

If you’re unsure about the exercise or have any uncertainty about what you’re doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.