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Torn Bicep

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Yesterday on my early morning 5x5 workout I tore my right bicep.  I already finished all my squats and on my 4th rep on my 5th set on my bench, I felt a shock on my shoulder and the weight collapsed on my chest.  I went to two doctors (mind you they were just Docs in walk in clinics) that diagnosed me with torn Bicep muscle.  They were not certain yet if I tore the tendon, it will be assessed in a few days hopefully by a specialist.  

 

Has anyone gone through this?  I wonder what is the rehabilitation time?  What can I do in the meanwhile?  Damn, this is really depressing for me.  I was making so many gains and feeling the best physically in my life.

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Bad luck man,

Did you drink enough water, a lot of torn muscle injuries are connected to dehydration.

Never torn anything, think you'll have to forget lifting for a while mate.

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man that sucks, sorry this happened to you, hope it heals quickly

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That looks painful. Make sure you post again to let us know what the specialist says. 

 

That hydration tip is a good one. It's amazing how much being hydrated impacts performance. 

 

Probably best to stay away from any lifting for a couple of weeks.

 

Best of luck on your recovery!

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Ouch! :(

 

I'd say get a complete diagnosis and then do whatever doesn't hurt until you heal.  I'm guessing upper body work is a complete no-no.  You could try squatting and see if you can vary your grip width and/or bar placement to find something that doesn't hurt.  If that doesn't work, you might try hip belt squats or even Smith machine squats.  Of course, there's always the leg press machine and calf raises.  And you can probably do some sort of ab work.

 

As for your recovery time, I have no idea, but maybe this will inspire you:

 

 

Hang in there and keep us posted.

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Damn this looks scary and painful. Sorry you have to go through this. I hope it's not as bad as it looks and you'll recover fast.

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Thanks guys! You are awesome and a definite encouragement! I'm going to see a specialist this week. I'll take a few weeks off for sure, but look forward to and dream of when I'll train again.

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The Iron awaits you

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I just posted a similar experience. I blew my bicep tendon at the elbow, complete rupture....If you tendon is ruptured you're looking at surgery, 4 weeks in a cast and 6 months physio. Hope your tendon survived that injury and best of luck in your recovery.

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UPDATE!

Not the best of news. I finally went to see my physiotherapist and she assessed that I have a torn pectoral as well. I should have known because my chest was a bit swollen. Funny that the two walk in clinic doctors didn't even consider a pec tear. As the days go by, I think it may be more of a pectoral issue rather than a bicep issue (contrary to how my arm looks). Well, physio gave me a bunch of exercises with "soup cans"...I wonder if I should use tomato or cream of mushroom? Sigh. I miss 5x5's.

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At least that sounds as if you don't need surgery. You should maybe still have it checked by a specialist doctor.

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