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Distal Biceps Surgery Recovery Progress Updates / Re: Bumpy texture above tendon
« Last post by waterlogged00 on September 17, 2017, 10:19:59 AM »
Hi, I also have a pea sized lump on the tendon.  Assuming its scar tissue but no idea.  I had a graft so I was thinking its where they are joined but who knows.  I think this recovery is full of stange things.  Bumps. Pains in wierd spots and for me lots of worrying.  MDGPH
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Distal Biceps Surgery Recovery Progress Updates / Re: Steve's Recovery Log
« Last post by waterlogged00 on September 17, 2017, 10:13:06 AM »
Wondering how you are doing now?
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Light . . . and I mean LIGHT . . . straight arm pulldowns on a cable setup are a decent options to get some lat/back work when you are starting the weights again. A rope attachment makes it easier to find a position that stresses the bicep less. But make sure you are cleared by surgeon and PT. But if you feel pain at the repair, give it a break til down the road.  Certain things will bother you more than others and it's not always exercises that you might think.

Before long, you should be able to add in some light pulldowns and rows. It's a marathon, though . . . don't get impatient and rush things.
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I was a personal trainer for years and I've never come across anything i can think of. You could try playing with hand positions i.e. palms facing down instead of up or to the side, I believe this will lessen the biceps activity.

Time mind be the key for you. Maybe use this time to bump up your cardio and boost your legs etc instead of upper body. I'm not sure how far you're into rehab but it's not worth going to fast. 
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I swear I've read about something that locks your arms in place so pulling exercises are only using your back instead of your bicep. Just getting back into the gym and besides extensions I haven't done any back exercises for nearly 3 months.
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Distal Biceps Surgery Recovery Progress Updates / Re: Steve's Recovery Log
« Last post by stevewarmerdam on August 22, 2017, 12:33:06 PM »
One year on from surgery now, give or take a couple of weeks.  I competed in a high level crossfit competition this past weekend with no ill effects.  I still do sometimes feel some twinges, and the insertion site is still a bit thicker than the other one, but strength and size are about back to normal.
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Dang man.  All the best you in your recovery!
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Distal Biceps Surgery Recovery Progress Updates / Re: 3 Year Update...Uh Oh...
« Last post by jjjl1969 on August 11, 2017, 07:09:11 AM »
Cutlass - sorry to hear about the complications - hopefully it clears up soon.

Just a quick update:  It's been a year since I think I partially re-tore my tendon (it's been 4 years since the original endo-button surgery).

I'm finally getting back to the gym in a more consistent manner.  I'm ramping up and will know soon how it holds up.  It doesn't hurt as much as it did when I was hitting the gym 6-12 months ago, so that's positive.  I feel the most pain or strain when I hang from a pull up bar (I haven't tried any pull ups).  When I do things like rows I feel zero pain while doing the motion.  The 'ol hook test is showing I have something attached. 

But, I still feel some soreness/pain at the connection site after the workouts. 

I'm hoping it has partially healed in some way over the past 12 months as I haven't worked it too hard.  I know major tendon tears don't fix themselves, but maybe a minor tear can partially heal?  Who knows...only time will tell.

Still 100% glad I had the surgery.  Why?  Before the surgery it was too painful to use the arm in any meaningful way (you know, like wiping my a$$...etc).

Will update as things develop.



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It's been exactly one year from the rupture now.

I tried some muscle ups and handstand push ups the new weight vest I gave myself as an anniversary gift, video here:

https://instagram.com/p/BXbi9lCl3kw/

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Almost 1 year from repair now.

Still doings pull-ups with neutral grip and also muscle-ups on the rings. However, if I try muscle ups on a straight bar or even pull ups it feels strange on my repaired arm. I think I might have not recovered full pronation.
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