Forearm Serious Pain

Discussion in 'Kettlebell' started by Matteo_Cresti, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Matteo_Cresti

    Matteo_Cresti Double-Digit Post Count Certified Instructor

    Hello everyone, I write this post because now I do not know where to bump my head.
    My right forearm hurts every time I try to use a kettlebell. To feel a terrible pain, just place a 16 kg and I must immediately place it. After the 11 november when I’m certified SFG2 i used the Kettlebell only for swing.
    I have done two ultrasounds with two specialists and I have nothing, no inflammation either to the tissues or to the veins.
    I can train with the barbell without any problem, I can squeeze the bar hard without any pain.
    I do not know what to do.
  2. Matteo_Cresti

    Matteo_Cresti Double-Digit Post Count Certified Instructor

    Trigger Point

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  3. Matteo_Cresti

    Matteo_Cresti Double-Digit Post Count Certified Instructor

    My grip

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  4. Oscar

    Oscar Strong, Powerful Member of the Forum

    Does it happen to you with swings? Or only with exercises where the KB touches the forearm( Such as cleans or snatches)? The trigger point seems to be where the KB rests on the forearm
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  5. Matteo_Cresti

    Matteo_Cresti Double-Digit Post Count Certified Instructor

    it happens as soon as I touch the kettlebell on the forearm. the only exercise in which I have no pain is the swing as there is no contact.
  6. Oscar

    Oscar Strong, Powerful Member of the Forum

    I'm not an instructor and my experience with cleans and snatches is very limited. Maybe someone else can chime in.

    Something I would consider as a temporary solution is to use a volleyball knee pad on the forearm to reduce pressure. Other alternative that comes to mind is a soccer shin protection . Always as temporary solution until figuring out what's causing the problem
  7. LejonBrames

    LejonBrames Triple-Digit Post Count

    I had an issue like this when I started out, but close up to the elbow.

    You might have a triggerpoint somewhere in the bicep/brachialis that is causing shortening and pulling down the entire chain of muscles. I was luckily able to sort this out because I was a clinical massage therapist for 5 years, and finally tracked it down to an upper arm muscle. Try getting some good deep tissue massage work. The issue could be as far up as your neck. It's most likely some Myofascial chain pulling things
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  8. Brett Jones

    Brett Jones Director of Education, Chief of SFG Staff Member Master Instructor

    In addition to the recommendation to get the arm checked and seek some treatment - I would recommend using a sweatband or kettle guard type of product to take the pressure off of that area
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  9. william bad butt

    william bad butt Triple-Digit Post Count

    A lot of great advice here. The only thing I can add is that I would stop doing these exercises that cause pain. Even if it is just for 2 weeks. Give your forearms a chance to heal from whatever is wrong with them.

    If you can't stand to go 2 weeks without exercising, temporarily switch to bodyweight or barbell training, something that doesn't cause the pain. Then switch back to your kbells once you have healed up. I know this can be frustrating.
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  10. CoreyW

    CoreyW Double-Digit Post Count

    I had something similar when I started with kettlebells. All of a sudden one day it just hurt like hell to hold the bell in the rack. I stopped for a week or so like someone above suggested and I was fine after that.
  11. Brent

    Brent Double-Digit Post Count

    I can sympathize with your forearm pain.

    Something happened to my wrist doing get ups where now any pressure on the ulna is exquisitely painful. I was using the 40kg (occasionally the 44) mostly and had been for couple months when something happened despite keeping neutral wrist. The ulna bone is weak and thin (at least mine is!).

    Now i had to back down to the 32 (everyone hates going backwards!) and make sure the bell rests mostly on my radius (same spot as gentlman picture above). So forearm pain is back for me and will have to get used to it all over again.

    **But it does help to push the muscle on the radius over to the side using the round part of the bell when you initially grip the bell.**

    It is the pressure on the muscle that hurts, so if you can move it off the bone and maintain that position when rolling to your back and pressing it up, i think it may help you. I personally would like to avoid using wrist bands even if it means going down in weight.
  12. Brett Jones

    Brett Jones Director of Education, Chief of SFG Staff Member Master Instructor

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  13. Brent

    Brent Double-Digit Post Count

    I want to try a sweatband, but then i hear a voice in my head: it's Pavel saying "you big sissy." Lol. I am going to try it anyways. Thanks Bret!
  14. Smile-n-Nod

    Smile-n-Nod Strong Member of the Forum

    Who cares? If a sweatband helps, use it.
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  15. Bret S.

    Bret S. Helping Make Others Stronger Certified Instructor


    Maybe my experience can help you track this down. I tried to catch a 32k bell and protect the hardwood floor, what I got for my effort was what shows in the picture. My wrist bent back hard and made a sickening crunching noise. After this for around 2 mos. I had the same symptom of sharp pain on the forearm surface with any size bell. I tried padding it but it made little difference. It really got better quickly with bottom-up holds, hanging grip work and heavy carries.

    @LejonBrames comment on the myofascial chain is most likely what I experienced with the trauma to my wrist. I believe it caused inflammation of the nerves in the muscle fascia and connective tissue. I have no medical experience or qualifications but am pretty good at linking cause and effect when it comes to my own body.

    Whatever the problem is, don't lose hope, no matter how frustrating it is. You're like the proverbial lion with a thorn in his foot.. Eventually it will come out.

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  16. Matt Piercy

    Matt Piercy Triple-Digit Post Count

    I second the advice to stay away from movements that have the bell rest on you're arm for a few weeks, and then when you come back to it, cover it for s while. You said you can swing and do barbell exercises. I'd just do those things. You've obviously injured something

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