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    Forearm Splints???

    For about the past month, I've been having a hard time doing curls. Every rep I do, I have a pain in my forearms that feels exactly like what shin plints feel like. It is deep and right at the bone. They don't hurt any other time, but they are tender to the touch...tight at the bone.

    Anybody else had this and what should I do to treat it. I've been trying to just work through it, but it's not going away and I'm on a cycle right now so I have to get in the arm workouts I can.

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    Anybody out there???

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    I have the same problem. Its because the curls force your wrists to fully rotate and this puts an awful lot of stress both on the bone and the connective tissue.

    Mine got so bad I ended up having to leave curls for a while, but the ez bar helped a bit. Now it has gone and I may start to do curls again, being careful to not allow my wrists to flex towards my chest at the top of the curl.

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    watch your grip. its probably finger flexors getting over-stressed and this is similar to what causes shin splints. try not to hold so tight and don't flex your wrists at the top like flexor said.

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    Ya I may have to take a break from curls myself.

    When you guys say "flex your wrist", are you referring to flexing the top of the hand towards the top of the forearm or flexing palm of hand towards bicep at the peak of the curl?
    Last edited by USMCSS; 12-05-2005 at 10:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCSS
    When you guys say "flex your wrist", are you referring to flexing the top of the hand towards the top of the forearm or flexing palm of hand towards bicep and the peak of the curl?
    The first thing you describe is wrist extension. The latter is wrist flexion, and that is the one not to do. Try to keep your wrists perfectly in line with your forearm and like jermazz said, do not hold the bar tightly with an awkward grip.

    The very nature of the exercise is not very good, it is not that you have a problem. Loads of people get this because the wrist supinates as the elbow flexes, and as the elbow extends the wrist pronates. In other words, as you curl, your forearms rotate without you even knowing it and you cannot help it. That is the way the joint works and its leaves the forearms prone to undue stress. The wrist position however, has no bearing on tricep exercises whatsoever...

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    Any time of therapy I can do to help alleviate the pain until I work through it. I mean, things that I can do to prepare the wrist for bicep days? Heat, cold, stretches, etc???

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCSS
    Any time of therapy I can do to help alleviate the pain until I work through it. I mean, things that I can do to prepare the wrist for bicep days? Heat, cold, stretches, etc???
    If its to do with the bone, then not much will help. However, if the problem is related to the connective tissue surrounding the bone then light stretching and maybe some heat would help. It doesn't seem like the kind of thing that can alleviated, I think just rest it does the trick.

    Another important thing is to release your grip on the bar slowly when you have finished your curls, otherwise the sudden decrease in tension causes pain.

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    alot of time simple wrist wraps will stop this problem. also try hammer curls for a while, less stress on the wrists

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc.Sust
    alot of time simple wrist wraps will stop this problem. also try hammer curls for a while, less stress on the wrists
    Those are what I have slowly been working my way into. I hate it because I don't feel I get as much and I'm cycling right now.

    Good feedback and great advice FLEX AND DOC! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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