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Old 12-17-2009, 10:26 AM   #1
Alden Hingle
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Forearm Pain

In a previous post, I mentioned that I tweaked my right elbow and while favoring it, I managed to injure my shoulder. The shoulder rehab is going very well based on advice provide by Steven Low. Here's the rub.... Now my right forearm is uncomfortable at the start of pull-ups or when cleaning dumbbells. Based on the online diagrams I looked at, the involved muscles look like the brachio radialis or the supinator. Once I get a few reps in, it doesn't hurt any longer and it doesn't hurt doing other activities. Just at the beginning of the exercise. And it is a bit tender during massage. I've been icing and massaging the area but it doesn't seem to be responding as quickly as the shoulder did.

I have two questions: 1) Is it ok to keep working out on it since the "twinge" goes away after a rep or two? 2) Is there a recommended adjustment in scaling/ volume I should make as a 50+ person new to CrossFit? I am already scaling the workouts to what I can do while still getting a challenging workout.
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:29 PM   #2
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Re: Forearm Pain

I would likely guess it's possible lateral epicondylitis ?

I don't know you didn't give me much descriptions.

Avoid all painful exercises and let it heal.

Loosen up the muscles is good, but also improve your wrist mobility as well if it's poor. Improving shoulder mobility and wrist mobility do a lot in terms of alleviating elbow symptoms.
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:38 PM   #3
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Re: Forearm Pain

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I would likely guess it's possible lateral epicondylitis ?

I don't know you didn't give me much descriptions.

Avoid all painful exercises and let it heal.

Loosen up the muscles is good, but also improve your wrist mobility as well if it's poor. Improving shoulder mobility and wrist mobility do a lot in terms of alleviating elbow symptoms.
Thanks Steven. My wrist mobility seems to be good but the shoulder mobility is something I've been working on since reading your posts. I've been doing the LYWT exercises and the sleeper stretches. My right shoulder (same side as the elbow) has probably 10-15 degrees less flexibility than the left side. If I had to guess, it only makes a 45 degree angle from horizontal.
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Re: Forearm Pain

That, in my experience, is what usually aggravates stuff at the elbow... lack of shoulder mobility creates a torque at the elbow as it moves through its range of motion
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