Wrist problems! (no not the limp kind...)

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    Jan 16, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    Ok I need some advice. I have some arthritis in my hands/wrists--not enough to be on medications or anything, but enough that they really limit me sometimes when training with free weights.

    I have to be really careful with anything that causes too much extension especially (like bench presses). It's a real nuisance because I know most of my muscles could lift more weight if not for the pesky wrists which cannot handle the strain, yet I adhere to the philosophy that free weights are superior to machines.

    I've tried some wrist wraps/braces but never found any that were comfortable and worked. So any suggestions???
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    Jan 16, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    I have the same issue with my wrists. Carpel tunnel syndrum has been in my medical history so i know thats part of it. but started when i first started lifting an year ago.
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    Jan 16, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    It's a total pain--literally. icon_smile.gif So hey, all you lifting dudes out there, what do you recommend we do?? I've tried to do wrist exercises to build them up, but it really only makes it worse.

    Going to machines is an option, but...blech. No good.
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    Jan 18, 2008 8:49 AM GMT
    Ice the underside of your wrists while you make a fist, and it will reduce the inflammation around your carpal tunnels. I have carpal tunnel in my left hand (I'm right handed) from 5 years of feathering as a starboard rower and from too much Alt-tabbing, and it flares up when I put a lot of strain on it. You can also take the anti-inflammatory dose of ibuprofen (800mg three times a day with meals and a once-daily prilosec to avoid eating away at your stomach.)

    Some exercise are harder on your carpal tunnels -- bicep curls seem to be put the most strain on them. If your wrists are in pain, you should probably limit your upper-body weights to 3 days a week...
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    Jan 19, 2008 8:29 PM GMT

    All athletes face this and other joint problems because we are overtaxing our bodies.
    IE asking them to do much more than intended, In my sport, Volleyball and in weight training that most of us do, many report wrist, shoulder, ankle and knee pain as you describe and after consulting with sports medicine Doctors, Chiropractors, Chinese medicine practitioners and Physical therapists, I have gotten the advice to STOP or slow down the particular activity when the pain is severe... this is a case of where "no pain, no gain" is not only wrong but dangerous. Stretching gently helps along with adding Glucosamine and Chondroitin to your daily supplements.