Ugh. Anyone ever strain/injure an intercostal muscle?

  • Rhi_Bran

    Posts: 904

    May 05, 2016 10:32 PM GMT
    For the last two months or so I've had a pain under my left shoulder blade, very deep, when I take deep breaths. I can do almost any workout EXCEPT chest/pushing exercises - benching sets it to hurting fiercely. Doc thinks that since it's only exacerbated by breathing and by putting strain on the chest, it's an intercostal muscle tear - one of the muscles between your ribs responsible for flexing the rib cage and lifting your ribs when you breathe.

    Anyone ever experience this? How long did it take you to recover? What helped most? Up until now I've just been using heat, ibuprofen, and a friend who is a massage therapist trying to dig at it every now and again. It's not as bad as it was a few months ago, but still noticeable, and I don't want to aggravate it and set myself back to square one... I just really want to get back to benching, since I finally figured out the form. That might be why I got hurt in the first place - I finally started to notice gains in my chest so I went too gung-ho icon_sad.gif
  • thadjock

    Posts: 2183

    May 09, 2016 8:33 PM GMT
    you should never strain intercoastal mussels, that broth is really full of flavour and is great for soaking crusty french bread in.