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    Unusual bicep tendonitis

    For the past few months, I've been doing a larger than normal amount of heavy back training. I have been doing a limited amount of bicep isolation work. During that time, I have developed bicep tendonitis pain on the top part of my elbow in both arms. I have tried to do a little research on bicep tendonitis, but everything I found was related to lateral and medial tendonitis. I found a few mentions of what I was experiencing, but only that it was more rare than than lateral/medial tendonitis. I keep doing doing the heavy back training because it doesn't seem to bother me. But anytime I try to do bicep work, I experience a fair amount of discomfort and weakness. I wouldn't really call it pain.

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    I see this topic has been sitting here for a while unanswered so I hope you're still around to check it. It doesn't sound like biceps tendonitis, even if doing biceps work is the only thing that hurts it. If it is in the joint it sounds like you have some form of epicondilitis. Obviously your brain doesn't like you lifting because it is turning muscles off when it detects you starting to load. If you were local I could treat you and have you up and running fairly quickly but since that's not an option, I would probably lay off the curls for a while, and when you resume, start at a level you can complete without compensation of any kind. If that's 10 pound dbs, then work those 10s. Your primary movers may be strong, but obviously some of the secondary/tertiary muscles were not up to the task, probably because you loaded them directly instead of letting them do what they're supposed to do... Support the primary.

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    Hi JP, thanks for taking the time to answer. After trying to treat, unsuccessfully, with massage and graston, I actually have already been doing what you recommended. I took a couple weeks off and then added DB curls with 10 pound db's. I've worked my way up to 20 pound db's and 45 pound straight bar with relatively minor discomfort. I've also been doing these with a wide grip which seems to help. High reps at these weights doesn't seem to be a problem, but if I try to go any heavier, my right arm starts to shut down. The problem originated a couple years ago when I was between coaching jobs--I worked a year in the post office and had repeated bending and lifting with the right arm.

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    Let pain be your guide. If you have pain above a two that means you have to compensate to move. Keep it under a two... Never ever work into pain because you're only reinforcing bad movement and feeding the dysfunction.

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