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Cory Osborne 07-28-2009 07:15 PM

Thumb Pain/Limited ROM
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Hey guys!

Hopefully someone can help me before I go to the Health Services Technicians (HS) on-base and all they do is give me ibuprofen.

About a month ago I was doing this WOD:

Thursday 090625
Complete as many rounds as possible 20 minutes of:
95 pound Thruster, 5 reps
95 pound Hang Powercleans, 7 reps
95 pound Sumo Deadlift High-pull, 10 reps

It may have even started from doing "Grace" in May 09.

Anyway, I have a [B]sharp pain[/B] at about an [B]8[/B] or [B]9[/B] on [B]both thumbs[/B], at the [B]joint[/B] in-between the [B]1st metacarpal[/B] and [B]1st proximal phalanx[/B]. [ATTACH]4710[/ATTACH] It hurts whenever press on the joint and feels like there may be some inflammation in there. :shrug:

I've been using the [B]hook grip[/B] and I'm guessing that is the cause of the problem with those type of WODs; where the rest of my grip is fatigued but still able to latch onto that thumb and support the barbell in there. I'm thinking there's all kinds of twisting and pulling going on with thumb concerning the hook grip.

Furthermore, I used to be "double-jointed" in my thumbs even more than this kid: [URL=""]picture link (wfs)[/URL] which I cannot do anymore in the past month. But now it feels like there is rod going through my thumb preventing it from moving out and up toward my elbow. All I can do without pain is go from normal position to reaching over touching my 5th digit.

Any help or insight or recommendations would be appreciated :thanx:

Steven Low 07-28-2009 07:31 PM

Re: Thumb Pain/Limited ROM
Ice, rest, and massage.

If it is hook grip you might want to consider not using it if it's going to keep bothering you there.

Cory Osborne 07-28-2009 08:23 PM

Re: Thumb Pain/Limited ROM

What exactly do you mean by rest? No more using it? That would be like no more crossfit :yikes:

Is it possible there is arthritis from playing too many video games?

I could give up the video games easier than the crossfit... ;)


Steven Low 07-29-2009 01:12 AM

Re: Thumb Pain/Limited ROM
Rest until it heals?

If you keep working out with an aggravated thumb (pain) then it's only going ot make it worse

I would've thought that was common sense

Cory Osborne 07-29-2009 11:06 AM

Re: Thumb Pain/Limited ROM
I'm as stubborn as they come with injuries. Deny, deny, deny...

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