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    Flattop is offline Senior Member
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    Default Torn Pectoral

    I tore my pectoral a couple of months ago and was wondering if anyone had experience with this injury and what to expect. I was just doing a set of dips at the time when it tore, but I most likely over stretched it doing rope planks or superman pushups. I actually heard a tearing noise, and whatever connects the chest to the upper arm through the armpit tore. I had a huge bruise on the upper arm.

    The doctor recommended against surgery, and said it will probably heal better without it. He told me I should start working out again but with baby weight. He was not specific about doing what, and said I know a lot about working out, do what I normally do but with extremely light weight.

    Has anyone here had this particular injury or helped rehab anyone with this injury? I have what looks like a strip at the base of the shoulder (top of the armpit) when I raise my arms in a position similar to a body builder's bicep pose. My workouts are basically Indian Clubs followed by Hindu Squats one day, and alternating it with kb press's with a baby KB (35lb'er) and swings, working out every other day. There is no straining at all and I don't feel like I am aggravating anything further, the Doc did say to workout to start rehabbing it.

    Does anyone know if that strip will eventually fade? I can't do a single pushup, and that is extremely depressing. I would greatly appreciate any input from anyone who knows about this particular injury.

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    If a 35 lb Kettlebell is baby weight than I feel weak....

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    Default Think re-hab

    Never had a torn pec. But I have been injured to the extent where my trng was de-railed for many months. If pushups hurt don't do them yet. Light barbie weights and resistance bands and wall pushups for re-hab. Acknowledge that you are injured and your regular trng has to be put on the shelf. You have to heal first and mild stretching with the things I mentioned is what you should consider. Good thing that you have seen a doc and have been cleared to train ( so many others have asked on the forum about serious injuries wanting to continue with trng it still amazes me without having to been to a doc) - but only you knows what causes pain. As they say "time is your best medicine"...Dennis

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    I had a pec tear many years ago - it was during a set of bench presses. The tear was in the belly of the muscle, and they had me do a lot of PT, to try to get the muscle fibers to align as much as possible, and of course heat, massage, light chest work. Your tear sounds more serious, and I would consider getting a second opinion. The reason is these days, they can do a lot more. If you actually tore part or all of the attachment off the bone, then they can make sure it reattaches correctly. An old workout buddy of mine recently tore is pec off the arm bone in a grappling match (don't ever think you can muscle your way out of an arm bar - fyi). Anyways, they were able to do a great job reattaching it, and he's back in great shape.

    Regarding DIY rehab - it's going to be a long road back to normal if it's a belly tear, as the pec can get overworked easily. It may never really feel like it did before the tear. The best thing is to work it carefully almost everyday, light work, slowly build up the volume, and lots of stretching to prevent as much scar tissue from forming and impeding ROM. Massage is great, if you can afford it. Contrast heat/ice packs, etc. Work the muscle from every angle.

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    Flattop is offline Senior Member
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    Thanks for the replies, I appreciate it.

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