any of you old persistant lifting fucks have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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    trancezj New Member

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    fucking fingers have been going numb. Went to see the ol' oil checker today. He says I have carpal tunnel from lifting. this is a bunch of shit.
     
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    just from all the mouse clicking. but yeah, I work in IT. I switch hands every 3 months or so.
     
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    well that sounds normal. I've never heard of someone having it because of lifting.
     
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    never really switched hands though
     
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    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    Yeah from work. For me grabing something hard, especially when turning it too (like a screwdriver) just kills me. I've just learned to take frequent breaks when it acts up and also try to stretch out my forearms as much as I can (not sure if that works though).
     
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    I'm a professional bassist and I also happen to lift weights and mountain bike quite a bit. Awhile back I started having similar problems, and after seeing a few different specialists the conclusion was that I had carpal tunnel in my hands as well as cubital tunnel syndrome in my elbows.

    These problems are both brought on by soft tissues (tendons, ligaments, nerves) rubbing against each other during use. As I found out, this friction is greatly increased when you use these joints while they're angled, and the connective tissues are breaking at an angle as they slide through the "tunnel."

    When I visited the doc about my condition (one who specialized in hand and arm health for musicians) and asked whether or not my lifting was contributing to the problem I was informed that carpal tunnel is actually an uncommon problem among weight lifters. This is because the wrists are mostly static during the bulk of lifts, so while they may be supporting a large amount of weight, the irritation caused my chaffing tissues is actually less than that encountered in mouse clicking and text messaging.

    There are certain exercises, however, that are much more likely than others to lead to problems and most of the time they're pretty obvious; Wrist curls and tricep presses where the wrist is bent at a sharp angle, for example (in the end I had to cut these out of my routine).

    You should carefully examine your daily activities for instances where you are performing repetitive motions while your elbows and wrists are bent at sharp angles. Driving, typing, and even sleep (if you sleep with your arms and hands tucked beneath you) can all be culprits.

    This is because you are sliding the soft tissues in your carpal tunnel through a wide angle of motion while also applying significant force. This is exactly the type of movement that inflames these tissues. Try turning more with your arm and less with your wrist.

    In essence, the best way to prevent and reduce these problems is to maintain proper form and relaxation through the range of motion of the particular task. Most of the time, this means keeping the wrist and elbows straight and loose so as to facilitate the movement of soft tissue through the carpal tunnel.
     
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    Totally treatable.

    My patients typically become asymptomatic within a week or two.
     
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    Kungfool: what do you have your patients do?

    BTW I lift with carpal tunnel, my only concern is its going to worsen the problem. Since the pain increases after a lift? Any concerns here
     
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    Nice tips :cool:
     
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    It depends on where the problem is coming from.

    It can be anywhere up the arm, into the shoulder or coming from the neck.

    I usually do some ultrasound, adjust, and then have them do corrective exercises for the problem area.
     
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    I had little choice, I worked with large machinery where we often had to crawl into cramped quarters to work with not much room. I know what you're saying though, it just sucks.
     
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    im pretty sure i have it from powerwashing i should be leaving that job in a little while though.
     
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