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I pulled my peck(18 posts)

I pulled my peckKristin
Feb 5, 2003 7:32 AM
Hey now! Get your mind out of the gutter. A few weeks ago--on my last ride, I pulled something that attaches itself to my clavical. I had sharp pain behind my collar bone for a few days, then it got better. The problem is that I keep pulling it again. What did I pull? What can I do? What will happen if I just ignore it and keep working out? I stopped doing the strength training two weeks ago because it was hurting. But GRRRR, I had a plan and a goal.
You may have slipped your Freud :-) (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Feb 5, 2003 7:36 AM
LOL (nm)cyclopathic
Feb 5, 2003 7:53 AM
re: I pulled my peckSean OConnor
Feb 5, 2003 7:53 AM
You probably pulled, or sprained, your pec minor. This will screw up your shoulder mechanics. You can try stretching it by lying on your back with a rolled towel between your shoulder blades. Tight pec minors are very common in cyclists and can cause all sorts of upper extremity problems.
Too much too soonContinental
Feb 5, 2003 8:43 AM
Sounds to me like you're pushing too hard and hurting yourself. You might do better if you can reign in your motivation and enthusiasm. Take a slower and easier approach. There is gain without pain and there is pain without gain. Think in terms of years, not weeks.
Haha. I don't even do anythingKristin
Feb 5, 2003 9:06 AM
I haven't lifted a weight in 2 weeks. No excercise what-so-ever, and this morning I stretched in my chair at my desk, and I pulled it again. (But now I remember that I did lift a heavy box of stuff at Costco yesterday. I bet I did it then but didn't feel it till today. Grrr.) See. It starts to heal. Then the pain goes away. Then I forget about it and I pick up something heavy again.
Haha. I don't even do anythingContinental
Feb 5, 2003 9:26 AM
Did you stop lifting because you were sore, tired, depressed, or the excercise itself was too painful? If so, those are signs of too much too soon.
re: I pulled my peckpa rider
Feb 5, 2003 9:22 AM
Not sure how old you are kristen, but try this. Take a few weeks off the exercise that keeps pulling the muscle. When you ripped the muscle it needs time to heal. A pulled muscle is a rip in the tissue (I hear this everytime I see my family doctor) parts of the muscle. The muscle needs to refiber that rip.

Im 39 and pull my should or delts once a year in the winter lifting. This year I didn't pull any muscles because I slowly worked the exercises and keep the weight load reasonable. I thought it didn't feel heavy so I bumped the weights up, but then would pull my pec or delts.

I did this when bring loose weight up in front of you with your arms straight out. I found a machine in my gym which works the same exercise, but isolates the movement better for me. I found my body takes ten days to recover from the injury and full recovery would be 4 weeks. Once you feel better you don't go back to lifting the same amount of weight, but work with a lighter weight to train the muscle over again.

When I pulled my muscle I stretch liked every one else suggested here. Hey I hit two cars and need theropy for my neck. Guess what, my theropy mainly consist of stretching my neck muscles.

I bet your back will also hurt when you do any shoulder lifts. Maybe when you were younger you rebound from injuries fast, but as you get older use that wisdom you gained from experience. I'm pretty sure you knew you that already.


P.S I bet that Chicago cold winter doesn't help much either, since pull muscles don't like cold weather.
Therabands & stretchinglonefrontranger
Feb 5, 2003 9:52 AM
When I started lifting back in November, it almost immediately aggravated the mild AC separation that was part of my collarbone break in July.

My personal trainer (who is phenomenal) immediately stopped the overhead weight work and put me on rehabilitative Theraband work - those green stretchy bands the physical therapists use for sports injury. This helped immensely, and I'm now stronger than ever and can not only do military pushups, which were an impossibility in my previous life, but I can also bust out an endurance set benching 120# - don't laugh, I was barely able to bench the 50# bar previously. Work with one of the trainers at your gym on corrective strengthening exercises using a Theraband, and also have them fix any errors in your lifting form while you're at it. What I've discovered about lifting from my trainer is that 85% of the people in the gym are doing an abysmal job of it, and incorrect form is the sure path to injury.

The pulled pec is in a similar location, although not the same motion. I would gently (*gently*) stretch the area both by doing the rolled-towel, and also try a post or corner where you can put your elbow on the post, then twist your hips slightly outward from the wall or post, stretching the entire front of the chest.

A better stretch can be activated by lying on a stiff 8" foam roller. Many gyms have these around for self massage therapy. Lie on the roller with it supporting your head, neck and spine, cruciform style. Turn your palms up and concentrate on relaxing the entire shoulder / frontal area. Do this for 30 seconds at a time. Cyclists (and keyboard jockeys) are notorious for developing "shoulder slouch" which means everything in the triangle between sternum, AC joint and clavicle is chronically tight.
I have a box full of therabands. Green, Red, Blue, BlackKristin
Feb 5, 2003 10:28 AM
And believe it or not, I own a foam roll too. I'll see about getting some alternative streches at my gym. That's a really good idea, this way I don't have to give up training altogether. I think we're talking about the same thing, since I can't do any pull down excercises without getting sharp pains behind my collar bone. I'll try some of those streches tonight.
I love grays anatomy. I can show you where it hurts.Kristin
Feb 5, 2003 10:24 AM
I love looking at muscle charts and being able to draw a mental image of what's going-on on the inside. I decided to download this picture and circle where I feel the pain. Does this fall inline with a pectoral injury?
Kristin -- are you SURE that's right?brider
Feb 5, 2003 12:32 PM
This picture is looking from the rear, and as such, would be DEEP inside you. In my mind, it would be difficult to mistake this for a pec tear.
I think soKristin
Feb 5, 2003 12:47 PM
The pain feels like its coming from BEHIND my collar bone--behind the part the sticks out that you can see from the outside. I wouldn't say it is coming from deep in my shoulder. But definately behind the collarbone and just below it. I posted the pic because sometimes people hear pain and collar bone in the same sentance and assume its a pec injury. I am wondering if that's what it really is.
does it hurt here, I can help.....african
Feb 5, 2003 1:49 PM
arrows point to the area I know a lot about....
I'm afraid to open thisKristin
Feb 5, 2003 3:21 PM
Ahh...I guess it could have been worse. I'll let you know if I need your help, okay?
NEED PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE to offer support.rightsaidfred
Feb 5, 2003 10:53 AM
pecs, pecs, pecs!
[drawings don't count]

Daily Ride Report indeed!
-All in fun, of course.
heh, heh, heh... huh, huh, huh.... he said pecs... heh, hehlonefrontranger
Feb 5, 2003 11:27 AM
My SO was depressingly eager to massage my pecs when the AC injury reared its ugly head. Unfortunately there was very little therapeutic intent there...
pulled a peck of pickled peppers (nm)irregardless
Feb 5, 2003 2:25 PM