shoulder pain when doing bicep curls?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by MonkeyMan123, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. MonkeyMan123

    MonkeyMan123 Rookie

    Aug 17, 2006
    I get a lot of pain whenever doing bicep curls in my shoulders. I am almost positive i use correct technique and not too much weight either. Do bicep curls strain your shoulders too or am I doing something wrong?
  2. OrangeOne

    OrangeOne Legend

    May 31, 2006
    Bicep curls do not actively work your shoulders, but the shoulders obviously are usually working a little to provide a stable platform for the curl. Also, there are attachment points for the bicep in the general shoulder region.

    My advice: If pain persists, see a physio. In the meantime, cease the actiona and ice it, you're unlikely to do much harm. You only get one body, and if you're experiencing "a lot of pain" from a controlled movement, you need it checked out.
  3. circusmouse

    circusmouse Rookie

    Jun 14, 2006
    It's not clear to me what kind of curls you're doing. If you're doing preacher curls such that the shoulders are immobile and completely uninvolved, you could have a strain of the biceps tendon that attaches to the shoulders. That happened to me a few years ago. It felt 100% like a shoulder problem, but the strain was the biceps tendon. If this is the case, it would probably hurt when you try to raise your arm directly in front of you.
  4. MrAWD

    MrAWD Semi-Pro

    Apr 16, 2006
    Reading, MA
    If you are doing stand up curls and moving your elbows forward and up when lifting the weight, this could cause the pain in the shoulder. I had the same thing a while back and when I stopped moving my upper arms while doing the biceps curl the shoulder pain stopped!

    Good luck!

    Last edited: Jun 3, 2008

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