Biceps Contusion

Biceps Contusion

A biceps contusion is a bruising of the Biceps Brachii muscle in the upper arm. This occurs due to a direct impact to the area, usually, from a collision or a ball, racket or stick etc hitting the arm. Symptoms can include pain, swelling and difficulty straightening the arm, which can be helped by icing and elevating the injured area.

Symptoms of a Biceps Contusion

  • Pain on and after an impact.
  • Loss of full elbow extension (straightening)
  • Pain on trying to bend the elbow, especially against resistance).
  • Tenderness on touch.
  • Bruising.
  • Swelling.


  • Apply ice to reduce bleeding and swelling.
  • Elevate the arm and use a compression bandage.
  • Rest from any activities which cause pain.
  • Try to keep the elbow moving gently.
  • Once pain-free, gently stretch the biceps muscle to regain full extension.
  • A sports massage therapist may be able to help loosen the muscle. Please note, massage should not be applied within 72 hours of injury.