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I have recently increased the weights that I am using for standard dumbbell curls. I am 45 yrs old and started been feeling pain at the elbow joint. This is also felt when doing flys the next work out day but only for the first set. I was hoping I would work through it but it has hung around longer then I thought it would (3 weeks) Is this normal? should I stop crying and burn through it? Or have I maxed the weights due to connectivity tissues? I am only lifting 35lbs one arm curls, I thought I would get higher.
In your particular case using resistance bands instead of weigts may be helpful as an adjunct in the rehab period, a physical theraphist may be able to advise you on specific exercises to adress your individual needs.
If it's ligament pain you're feeling, you may just need to use lower weights for a period of time to allow your connective tissue time to adapt - that process is considerably slower than muscular adaptation. But check with a medical professional - long-term joint health is too important to ignore.
do you find you can lift more during hammer curls rather than standard curls?
I also have arthritis and have been having elbow pain for the past several months (along with joint pain my my fingers and occasionally my hip, knees, ankles). I first noticed the elbow pain would come on after a run, so I thought it was related to that, maybe from carrying my water bottle or the constant arm pumping action (even though I'd been running for months with no problems). I thought it would eventually go away, but it hasn't, but it also hasn't gotten any worse. And it's both elbows, not just one. But the pain doesn't make me cry. It's more of a naggy, constant ache and a stiffness.
If your pain is joint angle specific enough that changing from regular curls to hammer curls lowers it, it's probably more a soft tissue injury than a joint issue.
But you really need to get it checked out to be completely sure. And never train through injury and pain on your own - you risk making it chronic. Physical theraphists may assign you exercises that activate pain as part of a rehab program, but that's different from just lifting and hoping it'll go away.
Soft tissue injuries are generally treated with just rest, sometimes a pressure cuff and icing s helpfu, and maybe mild stretching to keep your range of motion in the joint. But which is appropriate for you is something a theraphist should decide - with the correct treatment you could recover in a couple weeks, and doing the wrong thing could make the injury chronic.
Which is why you need to have it checked out by a professional to make sure; there's so many things it could be ranging from the benign to the downright dangerous that you need to get it looked at in person.
Having pain longer than 2 weeks is not good, see a doctor. Also, research the "zottman curl" Slight diff in movement might make a difference.