Apr 18, 2008 8:10 AM GMT
When I was a kid I broke my left elbow, and ever since I haven't been able to fully extend my left arm 180 degrees. The most I can stretch it to is around 160-170 degrees.. This hasn't been a terrible problem when I lift weights because I can be mindful of the angle of my right arm and keep the two balanced. The only problem I'm having is when I do bicep workouts, like hammer curls. After I workout out my biceps, since I can't fully stretch my left arm, the normal lactic acid burning sensation can turn painful. If i keep my left arm bent for a long period of time, post-workout, it will kind of tighten in place and it will hurt to straighten it out again. I'm not sure what my options are in this situation... I try to stretch my arm as much as I can, but it can literally only go so far. I found that sleeping with my arm extended as much as it will go helps, but I'm still worried about damaging my body. Any advice?