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Old 05-07-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
Bret Goldstein
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Pull up but not Chin Up Pain

Basically I've done a zillion pull ups over the years. I began to do weighted pull ups about ten years ago and regularly made them part of my workouts. About two months ago I developed pain in the elbow and forearm when doing pull ups. This pain comes from the interior (palms up) of the elbow and runs into the forearm musculature on the right side of the arm. Strangely, this has not effected my ability to do chin ups at all. I can do them without pain. The pain only comes with pull ups. I have been massaging the heck out of my forearm trying to get blood into the area and have avoided chin ups - basically the typical home treatment. I can now do pull ups but with a slight amount of pain which causes me to back off.

The issues are first, what exactly did I do to myself - clearly I messed with something pretty specific. Second, how can i prevent the issue from rearing it's head in the future. I love weighted pull ups. It kills me not to do them.
I should note that with the weight I avoided full extension at the bottom of the movement to avoid an elbow injury. I was ripping out sets of 8-10 with a 45lb plate on a dip belt. Sometimes i went up to 70 lbs - which I fear is what the root cause of the problem was.

I did a bunch of searches - but didn't quite find anything like this.

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Old 05-07-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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Re: Pull up but not Chin Up Pain

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Basically I've done a zillion pull ups over the years. I began to do weighted pull ups about ten years ago and regularly made them part of my workouts. About two months ago I developed pain in the elbow and forearm when doing pull ups. This pain comes from the interior (palms up) of the elbow and runs into the forearm musculature on the right side of the arm. Strangely, this has not effected my ability to do chin ups at all. I can do them without pain. The pain only comes with pull ups. I have been massaging the heck out of my forearm trying to get blood into the area and have avoided chin ups - basically the typical home treatment. I can now do pull ups but with a slight amount of pain which causes me to back off.

The issues are first, what exactly did I do to myself - clearly I messed with something pretty specific. Second, how can i prevent the issue from rearing it's head in the future. I love weighted pull ups. It kills me not to do them.
I should note that with the weight I avoided full extension at the bottom of the movement to avoid an elbow injury. I was ripping out sets of 8-10 with a 45lb plate on a dip belt. Sometimes i went up to 70 lbs - which I fear is what the root cause of the problem was.

I did a bunch of searches - but didn't quite find anything like this.

Regards.
most likely a tendonitis of the flexors of the forearm or medial epicondylitis. Need to stretch your forearms, go to www.orthopedicsne.com check out medial epicondylitis or golfer's elbow. See someone if not better in week or two
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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Re: Pull up but not Chin Up Pain

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http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2009/08/on-tendonitis/

I would guess likely pronator teres, but all of the forearm flexors go to one common tendon so it could be a bunch of them.
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most likely a tendonitis of the flexors of the forearm or medial epicondylitis. Need to stretch your forearms, go to www.orthopedicsne.com check out medial epicondylitis or golfer's elbow. See someone if not better in week or two
What kind of stretches to you suggest I do? I could not find the information on the website.
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What kind of stretches to you suggest I do? I could not find the information on the website.
http://www.massgeneral.org/ortho/ser...bilitation.pdf
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