neck injury while doing bench press

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  1. seven

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    4 days ago i was doing a bench press, and on my last rep i felt some pain in my neck.

    When i got up i felt intense pain in my neck/right shoulder when i looked in the right or left direction. I've stopped working out, and have been resting it.

    i think this happened because i didn’t stretch my neck properly before doing the exercise.

    it has got a little better, but just moving my neck in the wrong direction and it gets really painful.

    how long do these things normally take to heal (I’ve pulled my biceps before and they only take a bout a week to heal fully, but this feels like it might take longer).

    When should I start working out again after it heals? Should i still do lower body workout's or just rest my whole body?
     
  2. Skeletor

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    you should probably focus on tucking your chin.




    I've seen people who push their head up while benching because they're straining so hard and it looks like they're about to tear something.
     
  3. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    I strained my neck benching a couple of weeks ago, took a week off and its all gravy now.
     
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    I've had that happen, for me it was due to some problem I have around the C7 area.

    As previously stated, make sure you aren't picking up your neck. This is true for all exercises. Keep the neck "bulled" -do not let your head "goose" forward!!! When benching, keep your head on the bench.

    If this has happened before you may want to do more upper back/trap exercises once you've recovered.
     
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    you don’t know how comforting it is to hear that, I’m paranoid that I might have to deal with this for years or that a surgery or something might be required to fix it.
     
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    I had this happen awhile back. Kinda like if you turn your head too quick it feels like someone is stabbing you in the neck? I took a few days off, got a massage, and made good use of our hot tub
     
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    Im having the same problem right now. Its slowly fading away.
     
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    i've been hearing conflicting things about heat...

    i've been told ice is better, but it really does feel a lot better after a hot shower.
     
  9. Skeletor

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    No wai. This happened to me in high school and I was fine after a couple weeks of not bothering it.
     
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    Same thing happened to me about a month ago. Was pushing my head back into the bench on my last rep. Pain went away in about a week.
     
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    I'm confused :wtc: anyone know the real answer cause it seems/feels like it might happen to me at any time
     
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    When he says to tuck your chin, he doesn't mean touch your chin on your chest, more like try to move your head back, the opposite of bad posture you'd see when at a computer; the head slouched forward trying to see the monitor.
     
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    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    thanks man :bowdown:
     
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    it's slowly getting better. I think I’m going to wait a whole week after it is fully heal before i hit the iron again. I’m just going to do cardio until I can start bulking again.

    i suggest everybody always stretch their whole body before any exercise, I never realized how easily the neck could be injured doing bench press.
     
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    I've had this happen on a lift before. You probably turned your neck side-ways while lifting causing a strain.
     
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