I messed up my elbow somehow doing very heavy dips (i think). now i stopped lifting for about 1 and a half months, and it stopped hurting. Im getting back into pushing movements with my arms such as bench press, close grip bench press, and tricep pulldown. Im staying away from the dips , but thats besides the point...
I still have a slight pain when having my arm flexed and extending my elbow forward (like in a bench press motion). Also my elbow cracks quite loudly (just at random times) and more often than it did before. Should i stop all pushing movements? And do you think my elbow is ****ed for good?
I have the same problem related to years of throwing. It's just something you have to constantly be conscious of when you train. Just warm up the joint real well by working up to your 'working' weight. I don't have any trouble training around my situation (though my knee is getting harder to work with). If it still gives you trouble, then it's time for a trip to the doc.
Even though they are a great exercise for the tri's and chest, and though I've done them myself in the past, heavy weighted dips will most likely cause shoulder/elbow problems in the long run do to the microscopic trauma it can cause in your rotator cuffs and elbow joints. It's simply an unnatural position for the body to be in to lift heavy weights. Lots of older powerlifter guys I know have had to get reconstructive surgery in those joints and they all happened to do lots of heavy dip work in their younger days.
I would stop the pushing movements for a while, say a couple weeks, then get back into it VERY slowly. You don't want to risk permanent injury. I would ditch the weighted dips from now on and do Close Grip Bench, OH Tri Extensions, and Cable Pressdowns instead.
oh noes!! microscopic trauma...MEDIC!Originally Posted by Guido
Why don't you just take one of my favorite lifts, toss it up in the air and then drop kick it as far as you can.
This is the worst day of my life...
Originally Posted by muscleup
lol at this. "R.I.P. Dips: 12,000B.C. - 2005 A.D."
I get ****ty pains in my elbows and shoulders too when i do dips. Think I'll switch to some CGs instead as well. Also, you might try visiting a good Chiropracter. They do more than just backwork, you know. My chiro can tweak joints like no other and it apparently resets tendons and ****, that sometimes are wrapped around the bone funny, causing pain and problems during movements. Check it out.
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Yea, weighted dips do torque the elbows bad.