Nagging wrist injury
January 6, 2014 10:45 AM Subscribe
I have a nagging wrist injury that I would like to fix. More below the fold.
posted by prunes to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
My left wrist has had a nagging injury for a few years. The wrist hurts when I bend it all the way back and apply weight. Pushups and handstands hurt, as do many yoga poses. When I bend both my wrists back, the injured wrist has a reduced range of motion. I don't notice the injury any other times than the above. Typing, for example, is fine. The only other quirk about the wrist I will add is that I can actually crack the joint by internally pulling the hand using my right hand. I cannot crack my right wrist.
I believe that the injury is due to weight lifting, specifically doing a dumbbell bench press with too much weight. Back in college, I went through a period where the range of motion was severely inhibited and I had forearm pain. I thought that I had done something to one of the tendons in my arm. I went to a physical therapist and he realized that one of the bones in the wrist was out of alignment. He worked on the joint a bit and it was much improved afterward.
Since that injury there have been other times where the wrist has felt bad with the range of motion impaired. When those times have occurred, I have myself tried to realign whatever bone is out of place and the symptoms would go away.
I'm not sure whether the problems that I'm now experiencing ever did go away. That is, I'm not sure after seeing the trainer whether I ever was fully healed. Doing pushups with fists, for example, doesn't bother me. Nor does doing a bench press. I think instead that I viewed this as a minor annoyance and ignored it.
Now I've taken up yoga, however, and the injury is preventing me from doing a number of poses that require a significant amount of wrist flexibility and strength.
I'm not opposed to going to an sports medicine doctor for this, but the injury feels so minor to me that if it's possible for me to fix it on my own with stretches / strength exercises I'd like to do so.
As aways, your advice is much appreciated.