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Tendon tear, pain at elbow joint, microscopic tears in muscle. Taking ibuprofen for pain. Can I continue exercise?

After doing pullups and chinups 5 days/week for almost 1/2 year, I finally added bicep/triceps 2 days/week, and chest/shoulders 2 days/week. Because the chinup bars are straight across, and not angled, I think with the extra work in my arms along with the strain of a non-neutral hand position on the chinup bar, I tore the tendon of my flexor carpi ulnaris at its origin in the humerus . It is quite painful at the elbow joint, but also painful a bit further down the ulna, so maybe I also have some micro- tears in the muscle. (I am 65 years old). I stopped doing chinups (palms facing me), and my biceps exercises all have the palms facing away from me. I am taking ibuprofin to help with the inflammation. I also put handles on my chinup bar, so I can eventually keep my hands in a neutral position when I go back to doing chinups. (I continue to do pullups.) My question is, how long is a normal recovery, and how should I ease back into my routine? Thanks
Asked On : Sun, 24 Jun 2012
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unusual to tear the muscle in this location, more common to have an insertional tendonitis i.e. tennis elbow. physiotherapy and antiinflammatory medication can help. the Physio may employ other modalities such as pulsed ultrasound which have been shown to be therapeutic. occasionally a steroid and local injection onto the lateral epicondylar region of the elbow can help. rarely do we so surgical release of the flexor insertion for this problem. symptoms can be problematic and ongoing as this is a degenerate problem.
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