Strong and lean with wrist issues

  • mikeyla

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    Apr 13, 2014 5:48 AM GMT
    Hey folks,

    I've been doing a day here, a day there from the Strong and Lean workout, and am ready to jump into it next week. The thing is, I've got wrist issues that mean I can't do a lot of the exercises. We're not sure what they are yet, and they don't *stop* me from doing any one exercise in particular, but if I do too much wrist it starts to ache and after a few days turns into a lot of pain. I had to quit the Complete Strength a few years ago over it.

    So, any suggestions for what I can do to replace (these are the ones that really hurt):
    - push ups
    - triceps bench dips
    - medicine ball tosses (I was thinking squats?)
    - pull ups & stability ball push-ups
    - shoulder push-ups
    - dumbbell turkish get-ups
    - hand and toes walk out and back

    and lower priority:
    - dumbell step-ups with shoulder press
    - stability ball dumbell press
    - hold lunge with dumbbell rows

    Looking at this list it seems impossible that I will find equivalent exercises, but maybe I'll get lucky?

    Thanks everyone :-)
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    Apr 13, 2014 12:12 PM GMT
    I don't have any exercise suggestion for you. But, I am encouraging you to go see a specialist, probably an orthopaedic surgeon. That way you could find out for sure what it is and what you should do to fix it long term. It could be a torn ligament, hairline fracture, arthritis, etc.

    I've had tennis elbow that was bothering me real bad for 9 months and was trying to do modifications, but it was annoying and I wonder if even the modified exercises I was doing might still have been aggravating it. I couldn't do any pulling exercise because they hurt. So, I'd just do pushing exercises. But I think they were secretly aggravating it too.

    A week ago, the orthopaedic surgeon gave me a steroid shot in my elbow and a series of elbow stretches to do very day. I've also stopped using my elbow completely except for very casual daily activities. At the gym, I'm focusing on my legs, cardio, and my core. I'm also icing it 3 times a day and using ibuprofen. So far, it's getting a lot better!

    I especially think the stretches and the shot are helping a lot. I encourage you to see a doctor.
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    Apr 13, 2014 2:45 PM GMT
    limp wrist issues lol
  • texag777

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    Apr 13, 2014 3:02 PM GMT
    Rockbiter saidI don't have any exercise suggestion for you. But, I am encouraging you to go see a specialist, probably an orthopaedic surgeon. That way you could find out for sure what it is and what you should do to fix it long term. It could be a torn ligament, hairline fracture, arthritis, etc.

    I've had tennis elbow that was bothering me real bad for 9 months and was trying to do modifications, but it was annoying and I wonder if even the modified exercises I was doing might still have been aggravating it. I couldn't do any pulling exercise because they hurt. So, I'd just do pushing exercises. But I think they were secretly aggravating it too.

    A week ago, the orthopaedic surgeon gave me a steroid shot in my elbow and a series of elbow stretches to do very day. I've also stopped using my elbow completely except for very casual daily activities. At the gym, I'm focusing on my legs, cardio, and my core. I'm also icing it 3 times a day and using ibuprofen. So far, it's getting a lot better!

    I especially think the stretches and the shot are helping a lot. I encourage you to see a doctor.


    I agree with what Rockbiter said. I also had issues with wrist pain because of being double jointed. I went to see many specialists and one recommended surgery. I decided not to go with surgery and instead, bought wrist braces (which I wore for about a year), and took it easy on the workouts until the pain stopped. After recovery, I started wrapping my wrists before working out and haven't had any problems since!
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Apr 13, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    I don't think about it lol mine crack all time
    Lock up I just crack them and move on lol
  • muscleONmuscl...

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    Apr 13, 2014 5:35 PM GMT
    He's clearly not just having them lock up. He's having pain and pushing through that will just injure you more.

    Do you do a lot of typing or other repetitive motion on a keyboard? If so, you might have the beginnings of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, which would be aggravated by the exercises you mention. In any case, you're way too young for this kind of pain to be normal. You should see a doctor and get it checked out.
  • LJay

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    Apr 13, 2014 6:01 PM GMT
    Get yourself to a good physical therapist and discuss how other muscle groups are used when you are making movements with your wrists.

    Example: Many think that pianists use their writs to play the piano. Well, they do, but the wrists should actually be relaxed with the impetus and control coming from the upper arm, shoulder and back muscles.

    Look into something called Alexander Technique.
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    Apr 14, 2014 9:48 AM GMT
    All the advice here is good, but please don't do surgery unless it's a last resort.
    I've sprained my wrists and had to use braces, just for a few weeks though. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks for any part of the human body to repair itself. Since, you're still having issues some of the alternatives are High dose Vitamin C as an ant inflammatory (Kale,limes or even pineapple}; if you're cortisone production is down…. google bee venom therapy; then if you're feeling better exercise those wrists. Weight lifting increases bone density. You've got some serious issues here, but maybe you should be working on the weakest link first. Hope that helps as an alternative. The above worked for me, but it may not work for you everyone is different.