Bertrand Berry has played for three different NFL teams in his 8 years of NFL experience. Last week he suffered a torn pectoral muscle, which will end his season. It’s a disappointing end for Bertrand who had been having a great season so far.
A torn pectoral muscle isn’t the easiest injury in the world to deal with. The interesting thing is that it sometimes leads to an end of a career, and not just a season.
What is the pectoral muscle? The pectoral muscle is located in your chest and helps your arms and shoulders move and lift. It’s a major muscle in your chest and covers the clavicle.
What is a torn pectoral muscle? When you tear your pectoral muscle the fibers of the muscle rupture. This is extremely painful, and they are varying degrees from strain to a full tear. Bertrand has a midrange torn pectoral muscle.
What are the symptoms of a torn pectoral muscle?
- Pain, very severe pain in the chest area
- Loss of a vertical lifting power
- Loss of horizontal mobility
How do you tear your pectoral muscle? A majority of the injuries occur due to over work when lifting weights or other force based activities such as chopping wood. Bertrand’s injury occurred when he attempted to tackle someone. The force of the player was too much for his pectoral muscle to absorb.
How do you treat a torn pectoral muscle? Depending on the severity of the tear it may require surgery. If it doesn’t require surgery rest and treatment with ice and heat will help. Immobilizing and limiting the mobility of movement is key. When surgery is called for the surgeon will reconnect the muscle, but in most cases the muscle will never be as strong or as flexible prior to the injury. Rehabilitation with this injury is long and painful.