Dent in my rear tricep
I was talking with 0311 and he said to bring this question to the group. I have a dent in my rear tricep. It was hurting about a two weeks ago but now is seems to be alright other than the dent. There was no bruising around the area and i haven't lost any strength. Any ideas what it might be?
take a pic and post it.
It just looks like a weird bump. Pics really won't show anything that's going to jump out at you with an answer. Obviously, I know from experience that when a muscle tears, it bleeds. I thought for sure that's what happened to him, but he said there was absolutely no bruising? His chiropracter said it was definately a tear, so who knows. I know Eric is all over sports injuries, so I told Shaver to post a thread since I know he'll figure it out better than I could. :)
At least this could give him an idea to what it is.
I know a few people that tore muscles and when it healed the muscle didnt heal in the exact same shape as it was originally. That could be the case here.
I hit something with my bicep in a clothesline motion (dont ask why) and I had a dent in it for a while. It wasn't painful, it was all aesthetics, but it did go away.
Not much to say except it sounds like a small tear. You can't really go by bruising or the absence of it, necessarily.
If it is a tear I would expect at least some loss of ROM. At least some discomfort or indication that that the muscle is resisting being stretched. Maybe not pain but at least some discomfort when the tri is gently stretched and the promise of pain it it is overstretched.
At this point with the pain gone don't be fooled into thinking that the injury is "healed". Also don't be fooled about not losing strength...which really means that strength was regained fairly quickly. Strength of contraction and TENSILE strength can be very different and this is something that leads people to re-injure themselves epecially after small injuries (ending up with bigger injuries).
Two things you want to begin doing now are massage and stretch. Massage will help a lot to loosen up any restrictive tissues and help clean up the area, get blood flowing, etc. Don't massage directly over the area at firts. Massage around it starting gently and getting deeper over time then moving the massage closer and directly on the actual area of injury.
With stretching start slowly and gently going strictly by feel. NO pain is allowed. Discomfort is fine but no pain so only stretch to the point you can without it hurting.
Those things, massage and stretch, will help it return to it's normal appearance.
Don't go straight back in to heavy weights. Big mistake. Start with light weights and build up. Again let me be very clear about the distinction between strength of contraction and tensile strength. You may be able to seemingly get full strength out of it but that doesn't always mean the tissue is able to absorb full force.
i just wanted to see a dented tricep :)
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