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Old 10-30-2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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Crazy wrist/forearm pain after rope climbs

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As long as I could remember, there have been certain things/exercises that I would do that would cause this very odd pain from my mid bicep, through my elbow, all down through my forearms and wrists. It's an odd pain that just stings and stabs, and it makes my arms very weak (like, I can barely make a fist). It hadn't bothered me for years, but a few years ago, I started taking some beginning jiu-jitsu classes (with gi). I think the grabbing of my opponents gi neck was making it flare up. I took a trip to my osteopath and he cleared it up. He said my shoulders were pretty jammed up, but gave me a full manipulation. I resumed the class but it happened again right away (after taking 3 weeks off. I stopped the class because I couldn't afford to keep taking trips to the doc. Hasn't really bothered me since.

Well, I've been crossfitting for around 18 months with no problems. This week, we got a good 1.5 inch climbing rope and hung it in our warehouse. First time I went to climb it, bam! When I got off it, I was wrenching in pain. It'll generally go away within 20 minutes but comes back when I do it again. Is just just a "weak" grip? Any help here?

Sorry for the long post.
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:35 PM   #2
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Re: Crazy wrist/forearm pain after rope climbs

Your muscles are probably tight or something is going on which is pinching your motor nerves. This is a serious condition so you should take it seriously.

Do some "nerve glides" (google that) and also stay away from anything that aggravates it.

It's possible there's cervical or shoulder involvement. It would probably be a good idea to see that guy to clear it up again if possible.

If your motor nerves get impinged all the way you'll lose motor control of your arms.. so.. yes, it's serious. At what level they are at I don't know. The osteopath could be right.
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Re: Crazy wrist/forearm pain after rope climbs

Missed your response the other day. Oops!

I actually climed a bit on the rope today without a problem, but I had already done the OHS/snatch workout. I wonder if I loosened up my shoulders today and that helped.

I'd like to go back to my osteopath, he's just expensive. Maybe I'll go in January and get a yearly manipulation. It always feels great after.
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