View Full Version : Hand pain with squats

Nick Hoffman
11-05-2009, 05:50 PM
Last week, after I finished my squats (low bar), I noticed that anterior side of my thumb on my right hand was numb and tingly. By the next day, the feeling had lessened and was contained to only the proximal phalange. Several days later it was back to normal.

Today while squatting, I experienced a sharp stabbing pain in the same area while starting to unrack the bar. I noticed that it only happened while letting the bar rest against the muscle proximal to the thumb. I haven't gotten the numb, tingling feeling; however that's probably because I didn't actaully do a set while feeling the pain (changed hand placement).

I normally hold the bar closer to the phalanges; but recently I've tried holding it lower in the palm as it has felt more comfortable (until the pain).

I suspect that the pressure from the bar is hitting a nerve and causing the problem. I haven't felt it while doing presses (standing or bench). I also haven't been able to replicate while prodding my palm with my fingers and I haven't found anything that feels abnormal. I have not experience anything similar in my left hand.

So, any suggestions/ ideas?

Steven Low
11-06-2009, 07:58 PM
May be a good idea to widen your grip a bit.

Stretch out your shoulders, elbows, and wrists as well

Nick Hoffman
12-08-2009, 06:32 PM

I've found that any kind of pressing, so long as it applies enough force in the right spot will cause this problem. Sometimes it occurs with push-ups and other movements that have my palms pressing against something; though most commonly it's been occurring with squats. I haven't had this problem until that one day while doing squats.

Is there anything that can fix this? It's more of an annoyance than anything. If not, do I have to worry about it causing any more damage?

Steven Low
12-08-2009, 07:50 PM
Need more information on where it hurts (picture) and what movements hurt. This will just be a guess too.

Otherwise, see an orthpedic doc who can diagnose you.

Nick Hoffman
12-08-2009, 09:56 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v713/Hoff/fig_palm_of_hand.jpg WFS

Red= Applied pressure and pain from it (sharp)
Yellow= Referred pain (lower right branch sharp, rest tingling)

It seems to need pressure applied to a large amount of surface area, as just using my fingers hasn't incited it. By pressing my palms together (with fingers extending in opposite directions) has been a good way to locate it. The harder I press, the sharper and larger the area of pain gets.

Thanks for the help, Steven.

Steven Low
12-08-2009, 11:04 PM
Interesting. Sounds like some sort of neuropathy/radiculopathy going on in there.

Have you massaged the affected areas to loosen up the tissues?

Try some nerve glides as well wfs

Nick Hoffman
12-08-2009, 11:56 PM
Neither of those sound very good. I'll give those exercises a shot and go to an ortho when I get my new insurance next month.

How do you suggest massaging it?

On the upside, the pain/ tingling doesn't last nearly as long as it first did.

Steven Low
12-09-2009, 10:34 AM
Nerve glides are #1. You want to do the radial nerve one especially.

Massage cross friction to the muscles.

Nick Hoffman
12-11-2009, 10:04 AM
Just wanted to give a quick update:

The nerve glides already seem to be working. It's taking more force to cause the pain and the only type that I've been having is the sharp pain at the point of contact and base of the thumb. It's also releived as soon as pressure is released.

Yay progress.

Nick Hoffman
12-26-2009, 05:22 PM
Another update:

These nerve glides have helped me greatly. The pain I was having before has been relieved. Squats still aren't particularly comfortable; but no where near what it was. I'll just keep playing around with hand placement.

Thanks a ton, Steven. Me love you long time. :D

Steven Low
12-27-2009, 09:14 AM
Awesome. Keep it up.

If you haven't been taking fish oil. Take it.