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    Rebuidling atrophied chest

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    I tore my left pec last May. I started lifting on it again 3 months after the injury. My chest is still atrophied and disproportionately small despite all of the bench presses and flies that I do. I am looking for some advice onto how I can regain my chest muscles. This is causing me many problems including muscular imbalances in my upper body and an unaesthetic appearance. Any adivce would be great, thanks!
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    part of it depends on how it healed. Did you have surgery? If so was it a complete tear? Was it fixed with cadaver tendons? Was it tacked to the humerus, collarbone, or both? You may well never regain symmetry or complete mass. I'm sure the muscle will grow, but be prepared for that. I would make step one reintroducing a full range of motion, and using mostly dumbbell exercises.
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    Originally Posted by Wrestler5229 View Post
    part of it depends on how it healed. Did you have surgery? If so was it a complete tear? Was it fixed with cadaver tendons? Was it tacked to the humerus, collarbone, or both? You may well never regain symmetry or complete mass. I'm sure the muscle will grow, but be prepared for that. I would make step one reintroducing a full range of motion, and using mostly dumbbell exercises.
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    First of all make sure you have full ROM in all expected directions before training hard again, then its a case of building up gradually under the advice of a good physio. Patience is needed though, and listen to your body.
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