Muscle injuries from lifting weights!

Paul_D

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I just got back from a chest/triceps day at the gym, and even during my chest exercises, I must have strained my triceps because the moment I picked up those dumbbells and lay down, I could feel an intense pinch in my left elbox/tricep. Has anyone else experienced this? How long should I wait before I start up again?
 

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I couldn't tell you about that, all I can do is relate a story:
For about a year, I had been running about 2.5 - 3 miles every day, stretching before and after each run. At the beginning of this past summer, I pulled a muscle in my lower left leg. (I don't remember what it's called, but it runs along the outside of the tibia, almost around on my shin.) Doc told me to lay off for about 2 or 3 weeks before running again, but to keep exercising the muscles in my legs to keep them from cramping when I did start running again. I didn't run for a month. The 2nd time I ran after that, I re-aggravated it after about a quarter-mile.
This has been an ongoing thing all summer and fall. I've ranged my non-running periods from 2 weeks up to 6 weeks, but keep re-aggravating the injury, usually during the first quarter to half-mile into a run. I'm afraid this is going to turn out to be an ongoing injury that is going to require many months instead of weeks to fully recover.
Hopefully, you've only strained a muscle and will be sore, but ok, after a day or two.
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Mike D.

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Paul,
I'd probably just wait like a couple days, and then try benching JUST the bar. If it seems like it's a little better, give it a couple of more days and try again. Progressively watch it, maybe after 4-5 days try benching with a very low weight, etc. I know you probably wait longer than that normally in between chest/tri workouts, this is just to get a handle on whether your body is successfully reparing the injury. If the triceps has become "detached", you will probably need to see a doctor.
 

Paul_D

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If the triceps has become "detached", you will probably need to see a doctor.
Oh Jesus! I hope it isn't that! How would I know - I imagine I would be in more pain, and it probably would get any better until I say a doctor! It's been a couple of days its definately feeling better, though I haveb't tried any bench presses yet!
 

Mike D.

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You're probably fine, a little strain or something, you would have difficulty straightening your arm if it was serious. Probably wouldn't be able to at all. Just take it real easy next bench workout and respond to what it tells you.
 

Jerome Grate

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Just relax, wait a couple of days if after a couple of days you find it difficult to lift, then maybe a check would be a good idea. Remember after a couple of days off your elbow may be a little stiff, so don't confuse stiffness with pain.
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