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Hi, Back in January I pulled my pec muscle, more specifically the pectoralis major during a bench press session. I feel the injury occurred due to not training a week while on holiday and moving too quickly up the weights. I had some sharp pain on the chest, that would cause discomfort and I was unable to do any chest /shoulders exercises for a few days. After a week it got better I was able to do basic push ups quite easily but couldn't even bench the bar anymore so I stopped doing chest exercises for a few weeks. There was still small amounts of discomfort when doing basic tasks so I went to a physiotherapy in March where the physio suggested that it's a pec injury but nothing serious and recommended me to do push ups and and to slowly increase resistance. Over lockdown due to gyms closing I have been doing lots of Dips and variations of push ups increasing strength massively, but when I go to failure after a few exercises I can still feel some discomfort and weakness in the left chest area but I don't feel anything in other circumstances. Also at this point I haven't done any bench press for months. So now it's approaching 9 months since the injury, can anyone advice whether this is normal and whether I should book another session with the physio to see if there is actually something wrong? Please share experiences and any advice is helpful. Thanks, Alan.
Hi everyone, After a week holiday with no gym in the first week of January, when I got back to the gym I came across an injury I from Bench pressing. The injury appeared to be in left shoulder area and I experienced sharp pain when doing any movement or sleeping on it for the first 2 days after. After that it was all fine so I again started to train after a week off but them when I did any kind of push movement it would give sharp pain in the left shoulder. I did lots of dips (surprisingly it didn't hurt) instead of push exercises such as bench and push ups. Everything was going well so I started to do bodyweight push ups and pushed myself too much which I feel hurt it again. So I let it rest for like 3 weeks So it was now 2 months since the injury and I decided to go to a physio, she looked at the injury and massaged it to identify it was in fact a pec muscle injury and said it is nothing serious and I should continue training but with little resistance and build it up. It's been nearly a month since the appointment and nothing has changed, I can do dips and low reps of push ups but when I train pushups properly I get the sharp pain again and it hurts slightly the next day with movement but then goes away the day after. Sorry for the long story, has anyone else experience thisor should I visit the physio again? Any help would be very appreciated, Thanks.