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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    I'm kinda' getting scared that I will get this in my later years. I'm 18 and my wrists hurt after I bench, it's not like I'm doing insane amounts (205x10, 3 sets). It also doesn't help that I play electric guitar, guitar and bass in 2 bands, and for church. After each time I play it hurts as well. Any suggestions guys, I bought wraps and they seem to be helping somewhat. I really want to prevent injury. Thanks!
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    To be honest the computer may be a big part of it. When I had 4 - 5 hours of compuers during school and then came home and played an mmorpg for another few hours my wrists hurt like crazy all the time. Since I've quit gaming and am not on computers as much at school almost all the pain has gone away.
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    Wrist braces, preferably the kind that immobilize the thumb too. Sleep in them. Take it from someone who works on an assembly line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth23 View Post
    Wrist braces, preferably the kind that immobilize the thumb too. Sleep in them. Take it from someone who works on an assembly line.
    Yeah I might invest. I do play some video games, but I don't talk much I use a talk program called ventrillo, I have never hurt after playing, only after lifting and playing guitar.
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    Your wrist shouldnt hurt when you play guitar.
    Which wrist hurts and are you a right handed or left hanfed guitarist?

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    Get an ergonomic keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFGUITAR View Post
    Your wrist shouldnt hurt when you play guitar.
    Which wrist hurts and are you a right handed or left hanfed guitarist?
    This was my first thought, also.

    If it's your fretting hand- where do you place your thumb in relation to the neck of the guitar? Do you find yourself moving your shoulders and "tensing" to reach barre chords?


    If it's your picking hand- do you anchor your hand near the bridge? If so, how?
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    It's my fret hand I have excellent guitar posture, my thumb is parallel to the frets at all times. It seems when I go high up into the neck that it starts to hurt, or playing to fast high up.
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    Perhaps it's in regards to how you angle your guitar. If held properly, I don't see how reaching towards the higher frets will injure you. I guess /maybe/ if you need to use ring or pinky fingers on the bass strings, I might get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Organichu View Post
    Perhaps it's in regards to how you angle your guitar. If held properly, I don't see how reaching towards the higher frets will injure you. I guess /maybe/ if you need to use ring or pinky fingers on the bass strings, I might get it.
    That's what I do and that's when it hurts.
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    I guess that sort of makes sense to me. I'm gonna' go try it for a while, see what happens.
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    It doesnt sound like a carpal tunnel issue. Carpal tunnel deals with an inflamation of the tendons that run through a tight retinaculum in the palm of your hand. This compresses the median nerve causing a number of symptoms. Usually numbness and tingling in the thumb and first two fingers, later atrophy of the thumb muscles.

    Where is the pain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Burgundy View Post
    It's my fret hand I have excellent guitar posture, my thumb is parallel to the frets at all times. It seems when I go high up into the neck that it starts to hurt, or playing to fast high up.
    Make sure your thumb doenst curl over the neck (only if you do bends)

    Remember to also drop the thumb low. Your thumb should be at the middle of the neck.

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    Ignore smalls, mostly. You shouldn't rule out other things as well as carpal. Carpal tends to hurt most while laying in bed trying to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalls View Post
    It doesnt sound like a carpal tunnel issue. Carpal tunnel deals with an inflamation of the tendons that run through a tight retinaculum in the palm of your hand. This compresses the median nerve causing a number of symptoms. Usually numbness and tingling in the thumb and first two fingers, later atrophy of the thumb muscles.

    Where is the pain?
    That gave me hope. It hurts my wrists, lower carpals.

    And to BF I have had many lessons my thumb never moves, I play classical guitar they are big on that stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth23 View Post
    Ignore smalls, mostly. You shouldn't rule out other things as well as carpal. Carpal tends to hurt most while laying in bed trying to sleep.
    Yeah, ignore one of our more intelligent posters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalls View Post
    It doesnt sound like a carpal tunnel issue. Carpal tunnel deals with an inflamation of the tendons that run through a tight retinaculum in the palm of your hand. This compresses the median nerve causing a number of symptoms. Usually numbness and tingling in the thumb and first two fingers, later atrophy of the thumb muscles.

    Where is the pain?
    I thought that was the signs of radial compression? Dave Mustaine of Megadeth fame had it from memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risk10k View Post
    I thought that was the signs of radial compression? Dave Mustaine of Megadeth fame had it from memory.
    Smalls is correct.

    Radial nerve injury would actually cause wrist drop, since it innervates the extensors.

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    My mom had carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists/forearms and had to have surgery. What Smalls said is dead on. She would have numbness and a lot of other symptoms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth23 View Post
    Ignore smalls, mostly. You shouldn't rule out other things as well as carpal. Carpal tends to hurt most while laying in bed trying to sleep.
    Disagreeing with someone is fine, and should probably be encouraged. But at least know what your talking about and state your reason for disagreeing. Your talking about a medical condition bro, "Carpal tends to hurt most while laying in bed trying to sleep" is a hugely ambiguous and basically unhelpfull statement. Quantify "hurt" while your at it specify WHERE it hurts.

    We would have to have more specifics from the OP to really access what's going on, but it certaily didnt sound like a median nerve issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Risk10k View Post
    I thought that was the signs of radial compression? Dave Mustaine of Megadeth fame had it from memory.

    If the radial compression was distal enough (which would actually then make it either Posterior Interosseos Nerve or Superficial Radial Nerve, a continuation of the radial nerve and a break off of it, respectively) then it could present with tingling of the same fingers but it would be the back of the hand and not include the fingertips, also atrophy of totally different muscles would occur as Beast said. If the impingment was actually in the hand then I dont think any muscles would be affected.


    Dont ever take what I type as fact, I state most crap from memory and I forgt constantly. Just trying to help.
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    So what do you guys think it's radial compression (lol I don't even know what this is or if it's even a disorder)? It seems, Iím my opinion to hurt the most, and be the most effected, after I bench. This may be a result of how i hold the bar, where the bar is placed it's as if Iím doing a pushup, if you can get that picture. I will do some research on technique, any other suggestions, has anyone else got this?
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    What type of pain and where is it (exactly). What makes it worse (after it starts hurting) and what makes it better?
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    alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalls View Post
    What type of pain and where is it (exactly). What makes it worse (after it starts hurting) and what makes it better?
    It's exactly where my radialis and ulnaris meet my carpals. I can't really explaine the pain other than it only hurts there. Benching makes it the worst, then followed by playing high in the neck using my pinky and index finger in long stretches to reach notes. Nothing really makes it better other than not doing these things, and letting it rest I guess.
    I am SO glad I'm female.
    Seriously - I had NO IDEA it was this complicated.
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