I was hoping for some advice regarding a nagging injury/pain in my left bicep. I should add that I have seen both a doctor and a very competent physiotherapist regarding this pain: My doctor gave the usual 'rest it, its fine' speech. The physiotherapist did a few physical tests on me and said I haven't done any major damage, but I may have a very small tear or similar in my bicep, and I should lay off anything that's causing pain for weeks/months until it's better (it has been 2 months since this advice, which I have followed dilligently).
Now, a little about the injury. I have fairly bad pain in the area shown in the image (red arrow - bottom image) during the the very top position of chinups and pullups. See the top image for an example of the range of motion that causes pain when under tension.
Other stuff that occasionally hurts, but not as bad - usually when fatigued:
- the hang position of chins/pullups (arms fully extended)
- bottom of bicep curls
- negative part of incline bench press
- negative part of overhead press of any kind
- overhead squats, after a few reps
- bench press with a wider grip (close grip is fine)
deadlifts are ok, with a reasonable load (130-140 kilos hasn't brought on any arm pain whatsoever)
i have been 'training around' the pain for 2-3 months, not doing anything that brings it on, so no chinups etc. i've taken the opportunity to concentrate on legs/posterior chain, and recover from a knee surgery. however, the pain is still there, and doesn't seem to be getting any better.
sometimes when i wake up in the morning, the area feels a bit dodgy, but this usually goes away after 2-3 minutes (this seems to happen when i wake up with my arm in the awkward position - see top image)
it's worth mentioning that this pain appeared after a period of training where i was attempting to improve my ability to do chinups/pullups - this involved lots and lots of chinups/pullups, including adding weight to myself, and negatives. however, at no point did I experience any sudden pain during a gym session, eg a 'pop' / tear.
apologies in advance if i haven't given sufficient information - please feel free to ask more probing questions!
does anyone have any ideas as to what i may have done? having had 5 operations on my left knee due to an ACL recovery gone wrong, I am very very concerned that I've somehow done some damage to my upper body too!
Many thanks - any input would be greatly appreciated, as this is getting to be very frustrating.
A happy (and injury free) new year to all!