Thumb and wrist pain

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Thumb and wrist pain

Postby wardie » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:19 am

Hi

For the past 3 months I've been getting very sore thumbs and a right elbow after rides. So painful that I struggle to pick up my children and do general day-to-day tasks.

I've had my current bike for about a year.

Seeing a physio this week but wondering if these symptoms are common of a incorrect sized handlebars etc. this is the first bike where I've used SRAM. Not sure if others have experienced this.

Thanks
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Re: Thumb and wrist pain

Postby wizardhat » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:01 am

It can also be a symptom of you putting too much weight on the handle bars (which could be caused by the bike not being fitted properly) - where is the pain in your elbow?
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Re: Thumb and wrist pain

Postby wardie » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:26 am

wizardhat wrote:where is the pain in your elbow?


Right on the tip of the medial epicondyle (inner most point).
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Re: Thumb and wrist pain

Postby wardie » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:08 am

If anyone has similar symptoms and is interested:

The thumb and wrist pain is due to De Quervain syndrome ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Quervain_syndrome )
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Re: Thumb and wrist pain

Postby TraceyG » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:18 pm

I had De Quervain's in both wrists after my son was born 19 years ago and I still remember the pain, especially when trying to hold said son for feeding purposes! In the end, physiotherapy resolved the issue, although I feel I am still somewhat prone to weak/sensitive wrists.

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Re: Thumb and wrist pain

Postby qeaou » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:01 pm

If it was just the wrist, then perhaps fit is the issue,
if it is wrist and thumb, it might be fit + technique,
(such as relaxed arms and more riding with loose slightly bent elbows)
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