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    Sore bicep/elbow

    I've got a strained feeling in my left bicep and elbow. I've been resting it and icing it, anything else to do? heat? I've been doing just legs for a couple weeks, and I want to do my overhead stuff today, should I keep it iced during the workout? I won't be doing any direct bicep stuff, but I might try some light skullcrushers and see how it goes. I think it's just a strain, so maybe 2 weeks rest is enough.

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    I'm recently coming off a strained right pec. Anti inflammatory meds, heat, cold, bengay, pain patch is what I did. Had something on it 24/7, plus soaking in epsom salt, hot bath each night and kept icy hot on my back and laid on heating pad. It was better in about 10 days
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    If it's a joint; fish oil, glucosamine & chondroiton

    If it's muscle; fish oil, microlactin

    Definitely use heat, no ice. Also foam role or massage it right after heating it; do this once every day until the pain is gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Invain View Post
    If it's a joint; fish oil, glucosamine & chondroiton

    If it's muscle; fish oil, microlactin

    Definitely use heat, no ice. Also foam role or massage it right after heating it; do this once every day until the pain is gone.
    Just curious why no ice. My pec was slightly swollen and needed to get the swelling out before applying heat, Dr. said ice it for a few days (2-4) and once the redness and swelling had gone away, apply the heat.
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    Ice is for swelling/inflammation. Once the swelling does down switch to heat, as the heat helps increase blood flow and promote healing. OP said it's been 2 weeks since the injury, shouldn't still be swollen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Invain View Post
    Ice is for swelling/inflammation. Once the swelling does down switch to heat, as the heat helps increase blood flow and promote healing. OP said it's been 2 weeks since the injury, shouldn't still be swollen.
    Cool, wasn't asking really reference this post, just out of general curiousity. Thanks Invain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDS View Post
    I've got a strained feeling in my left bicep and elbow. I've been resting it and icing it, anything else to do? heat? I've been doing just legs for a couple weeks, and I want to do my overhead stuff today, should I keep it iced during the workout? I won't be doing any direct bicep stuff, but I might try some light skullcrushers and see how it goes. I think it's just a strain, so maybe 2 weeks rest is enough.
    You may want to add in some stretching and some light band work to your rehab program. I have found that doing slow and controlled high-rep curls with a band can help with bicep tendinitis.
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