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    Unhappy [WTA] Sharp pain in forearm bone after curling?

    Hi Guys.

    Its me again. I don't know why i keep getting issues. I guess my body too week or inadequate nutrition when kids, dunno. Lol.

    My left forearm is in pain when i do heavy barbell or even ezbar curl. During the curling motion, it was ok and i did not feel really pain but when im done and put the bar down the sharp pain is immense.

    Im just curling about 55lbs, 10x3. (Previously was only 8x3). Happy to see the progress but the pain i have right now prevent me from keep going. Yesterday try curling about 35lbs give me the wrist pain in the left arm.

    I guess i'll just stop for now. Any tips and advise from regulars?

    To added information, im a beginner and running Viking's program for 2 month now, 136lbs, 5'7", 31yo male.

    Btw for my previous post regarding the sternum pain, apparently i was mistaken. 2 days after that, the pain become severe and i unable to perform any exercise. Even cough or sneeze make the pain on sternum painful. I think it called costhocondritis. Im taking off for a week. Hopefully can fully recover. =(

    Thanks in advance everyone.
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    My guess is you are grabbing the bar too hard when doing the curls. If you could upload a video of yourself doing curls with an empty bar, or even just upload a picture of you holding the bar (showing clearly where the bar is in your hand), that could be helpful. How long does the pain persist after you let go of the bar?

    I missed the thread on sternum pain but if you have costochondritis you should be able to reproduce the pain by pressing on the cartilage between your ribs. You can generally treat this with NSAIDs. However, if it's possible you have a pulled muscle then I would rest it for several days and then gradually increase activity/range of motion as tolerated without worsening pain.
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    Im not a doctor and am only speculating but it sounds to me like tendonitis.
    It can happen in the shins also as well as other areas.
    The stress of curling a heavy weight sometimes can inflame the tendons.
    This takes a little time to go away.
    I wouldn't do anything that irritates the forearm pain you describe.
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    Per your subject line, if you think it's the bone itself - see a doctor. If it's the muscle, you may need to go lighter on curls, rows, pullups/pulldowns, facepulls, etc. or skip some completely while it calms down.
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    Originally Posted by Heisman2 View Post
    My guess is you are grabbing the bar too hard when doing the curls. If you could upload a video of yourself doing curls with an empty bar, or even just upload a picture of you holding the bar (showing clearly where the bar is in your hand), that could be helpful. How long does the pain persist after you let go of the bar?

    I missed the thread on sternum pain but if you have costochondritis you should be able to reproduce the pain by pressing on the cartilage between your ribs. You can generally treat this with NSAIDs. However, if it's possible you have a pulled muscle then I would rest it for several days and then gradually increase activity/range of motion as tolerated without worsening pain.
    Hi there. Thanks for your reply. We suppose to squeeze the bar hard during curl right? But if im not squeeze the bar, the pain still persist. The pain immerse when i let go the bar about few sec i think, then go away.

    I see. Yes when im touch and press on the cartilage its feel like bruise pain. Not as sharp as when i cough or sneeze. But now the pain reduce a lot. I only feel a hint like bruise pain residue during cough, sneezing or when i stretch my chest.
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    Originally Posted by Garage Rat View Post
    Im not a doctor and am only speculating but it sounds to me like tendonitis.
    It can happen in the shins also as well as other areas.
    The stress of curling a heavy weight sometimes can inflame the tendons.
    This takes a little time to go away.
    I wouldn't do anything that irritates the forearm pain you describe.
    Hi. Thanks for reply. Noted. Well, i'll just stick to the compaund momevement for now. When recover maybe i try to do exercise that can strengthen my forearm.

    Scared if still do curling at 55lbs will trigger the pain again. Then i don't know how to progress if like that.
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    Per your subject line, if you think it's the bone itself - see a doctor. If it's the muscle, you may need to go lighter on curls, rows, pullups/pulldowns, facepulls, etc. or skip some completely while it calms down.
    Hi. Thanks for reply. Actually im not sure if its the bone it self or muscle. Since i got skinny arm, hard to see if the muscle that in pain. Btw it located at the bone side of the forearm. When i touch it firmly, its like bruise pain. Now my right arm also starting to feel the bruise pain when touch firmly or with some pressure.
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    I had the same problem op. What i do is i start with a hammer grip and then rotate my arm through the movement so my knuckles are facing forward at the top of the contraction. Took the strain off my forearm bone. Also when releasing the dumbell when you're finished, release it slowly
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    Originally Posted by safcpaul View Post
    I had the same problem op. What i do is i start with a hammer grip and then rotate my arm through the movement so my knuckles are facing forward at the top of the contraction. Took the strain off my forearm bone. Also when releasing the dumbell when you're finished, release it slowly
    Hi. Thanks for the reply. Maybe i also lack of warm up set. Will try to switch to dumbbell and do proper warm up set after recover.
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    Originally Posted by JSom7 View Post
    This problem is possible if you take too much weight and do the exercises incorrectly. Recover, then turn to a good coach. Let the trainer select the exercises for you, control how you perform them. Remember: never chase weight at the expense of health. Nothing good will come of them, but getting a serious injury and recovering after a few months is quite likely.
    Hi. Thanks for the reply. Could be the incorrect form too since i only feel pain when i upped the weight to 55lbs. There is no pain when at 50lbs. Maybe i'll try to use wrist wrap after this.
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    1. Do dumb bell curls. Not ez. Do one at a time. Angle the weight coming up slightly in towards your chest. The main issue is that youre angle is straight up or even slightly out. Be a few degrees in.

    2. When you get to the bottom turn the weight maybe 45 degrees towards vertical (like half way to hammer curls).

    3. Do warm up sets. Dont jump to heavy weight. Also only do weights you can lift 10+ reps.

    4. Lastly dont grip hard. And when you let go of the weight.... slowly open the grip. Put the weight on the floor first so it doesnt drop.

    I had this exact problem. Doing all these things greatly minimized it. Still feel it once in awhile but it doesnt get in the way anymore.
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    Originally Posted by SmarterThanOne View Post
    1. Do dumb bell curls. Not ez. Do one at a time. Angle the weight coming up slightly in towards your chest. The main issue is that youre angle is straight up or even slightly out. Be a few degrees in.

    2. When you get to the bottom turn the weight maybe 45 degrees towards vertical (like half way to hammer curls).

    3. Do warm up sets. Dont jump to heavy weight. Also only do weights you can lift 10+ reps.

    4. Lastly dont grip hard. And when you let go of the weight.... slowly open the grip. Put the weight on the floor first so it doesnt drop.

    I had this exact problem. Doing all these things greatly minimized it. Still feel it once in awhile but it doesnt get in the way anymore.
    Hi, thanks for your reply.

    Just want to update that your step help me alot. For this past 2 week i only do dumbbell, be it curl or hammer curl. I manage to keep it going progress.

    I bought the wrist wrap and its really help. I think my injury its due to bad form. So last night i try to do barbell curl with wrist wrap, manage to curl 60lbs 8x4. No pain in the wrist. Phew..
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