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    Biceps Elbow Tendon Pop/Injury

    I was helping to load a large barbecue into the back of a pick up truck today and, in the process, heard a pop from my left elbow tendon area, and felt the tendon twinge with pain. Now my biceps is aching with picking up even the smallest of things but everything looks fairly normal… Suggestions?

    Currently icing and taking Motrin.


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    IronC I'm rehabbing now from a partial distal (near elbow) bicep tear. Less than 50% torn. I was picking up a floor safe and felt it bite me. Sort of a stinging feeling. Pretty much knew what it was and was thrilled when I looked at it and did not see it rolled up, which would mean a total tear and require surgery. This shit never happens when working out!

    You need to go see an orthopedic doc immediately. An MRI should be done and then a determination whether surgery is needed. If only partially torn then you should not need it unless it's hanging by a thread. Don't do any bicep work in the meantime obviously.

    Fortunately I've been able to train everything else like normal during this time frame and odds are you will be able to as well. After a few weeks of getting the inflammation out I was able to start rehabbing it. Light weight, high reps, etc. Pretty much back to normal now. Just staying a bit light out of fear coupled with respect.

    Get to your Doc on Monday! They'll probably do an ultra-sound in the office but for accuracy you'll still need an MRI, imho. Post up here how it goes. If that is the case I have a few ideas for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    IronC I'm rehabbing now from a partial distal (near elbow) bicep tear. Less than 50% torn. I was picking up a floor safe and felt it bite me. Sort of a stinging feeling. Pretty much knew what it was and was thrilled when I looked at it and did not see it rolled up, which would mean a total tear and require surgery. This shit never happens when working out!

    You need to go see an orthopedic doc immediately. An MRI should be done and then a determination whether surgery is needed. If only partially torn then you should not need it unless it's hanging by a thread. Don't do any bicep work in the meantime obviously.

    Fortunately I've been able to train everything else like normal during this time frame and odds are you will be able to as well. After a few weeks of getting the inflammation out I was able to start rehabbing it. Light weight, high reps, etc. Pretty much back to normal now. Just staying a bit light out of fear coupled with respect.

    Get to your Doc on Monday! They'll probably do an ultra-sound in the office but for accuracy you'll still need an MRI, imho. Post up here how it goes. If that is the case I have a few ideas for you.

    Thanks Kel!

    Not rolled up, thank God. I reacted the same after seeing too many videos of deadlifters tearing theirs and the telltale roll!

    I'll see the doc Tuesday. Apparently 9/11 is a holiday now. Lol


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    Well, doctor didn't even bother with more than an x-ray. Since it's been getting better over past 2 days and there was no brushing, sticking, and such, he feels it's a bad strain. Can't explain the pop sound I experienced at the time, however.

    Said to rest, ice, repeat.


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    If you felt/heard a pop sound and felt a stinging sensation it's more than a strain....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    If you felt/heard a pop sound and felt a stinging sensation it's more than a strain....
    Same thoughts I had. The VA's healthcare is commonly compared to socialized healthcare...long waits, free service for vets, and, well, you get what you pay for.

    It is recovering quickly at least, which seems counter to any real ligament/tissue damage. No?


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    If it's just a partial tendon tear it'll heal with rest and getting the inflammation out. After that rehab it very slowly. Think little pink dumbells.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    If it's just a partial tendon tear it'll heal with rest and getting the inflammation out. After that rehab it very slowly. Think little pink dumbells.....
    Haha yikes. For curls or for everything but legs? Lol


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    For me I was in denial initially when mine occured and I tried training bi's a couple times to no avail. After diagnosis (saw 2 docs) via ultra-sound and MRI I resumed training everything but bi's. After a few weeks I was able to implement very light dumbell curls for high reps (20's) 3 times per week. All else was trained heavy and hard. Certain back exercises I had to be careful with and lighten up a bit, but it actually felt good to control and squeeze it much more.

    I'm very happy with the progress so far.
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    Biceps Elbow Tendon Pop/Injury

    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    For me I was in denial initially when mine occured and I tried training bi's a couple times to no avail. After diagnosis (saw 2 docs) via ultra-sound and MRI I resumed training everything but bi's. After a few weeks I was able to implement very light dumbell curls for high reps (20's) 3 times per week. All else was trained heavy and hard. Certain back exercises I had to be careful with and lighten up a bit, but it actually felt good to control and squeeze it much more.

    I'm very happy with the progress so far.
    Exactly what I was hoping to hear before I admitted that I did a chest day yesterday… I was careful, but I went hard and it felt great. Aside from some tenderness picking the dumbbells off the rack, and replacing them, no problems.


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    Just avoid literally anything that irritates it. It'll heal strong but you have to eliminate the inflammation.
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