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Julian Bouffard 12-17-2009 05:30 PM

Shoulder/elbow/bicep "pop" during pullup descent
Hello, I'm pretty new to these boards, but a lot of my research involving issues similar to mine wound up bringing me here, so I figured I'd see if anyone here has some insight for me :)

I finally put a pullup bar into my apt a few months ago and started training pullups. The thing that bothers me is at at the very bottom of the descent, there is always a kind of "pop" that I originally felt was coming from my shoulder, on the side closest to head. However, as I tried different hand and shoulder positions etc. in an effort to find a form that would make the pop go away, I noticed that sometimes the pop would originate in my elbow, very near to where the bicep joins. And sometimes it would even seem to be spread out, and originate almost from the middle of the bicep itself.

It really doesn't hurt at all but I hate the thought that I'm wearing down some tendon or something with each and every rep, and it's keeping me from upping my reps. Anyone have any ideas?


Steven Low 12-17-2009 07:21 PM

Re: Shoulder/elbow/bicep "pop" during pullup descent
Hard to tell. You may have had some sort of subluxation or something is misarticulating.

If you're that worried get it checked out by a chiro or doc

Aaron Gainer 12-23-2009 11:35 AM

Re: Shoulder/elbow/bicep "pop" during pullup descent
Massage your inner arm and entire shoulder region in general. My guess is the coracobrachialis is knotted up causing you pain in that side!!!

Steven Low 12-23-2009 10:46 PM

Re: Shoulder/elbow/bicep "pop" during pullup descent
Yep, soft tissue work to everything to get started.

If yuou want a guess then:

Google a pic and mark where the pain is.

Note any exercises that hurt AND at what point they hurt.

How's your posture? Any previous injuries? Sports? Your usual workout routines?

How's your diet/nutrition? Sleep? Any other details?

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