Kettlebell Tendinitis

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Brian T

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Hello all! First time posting....But, I was wondering if anyone has tendinitis in the wrist and what advice can you give to deal with it while doing simple and sinister? Thank you!
 

Brent

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Hello all! First time posting....But, I was wondering if anyone has tendinitis in the wrist and what advice can you give to deal with it while doing simple and sinister? Thank you!
I got tendonitis doing get ups once the weight got 40kg and up prob bc it was slightly extending my wrist and i did not pay attention. It affected my ulnar carpal joint (where the smaller forearm bone meets the hand) causing pain to the point i had to stop for a few days.

Pain went away after a few days and now i can do 32 again. I pay a lot of attention to how i
Grip now and hold wrist in slight flexion "gooseneck" and squeeze tight with ring and pinky. As if i am "arm wrestling the bell, and make sure bell rests mostly on my radius (not the skinny weak ulna).

The pain still comes back using the 40 prob bc i need to rest it longer but i am impatient and 32 is working fine (i should stop get ups for two weeks or until NO pain at all) followed by easing back into it w lighter weight.

You should fully rest it and can ice and do gentle stretching in the meantime of your issue is similar. If pain persists after 4 weeks, might need MRI but it'll probably get Better once the aggravating activity is removed.
 

Kyle Kowalczuk

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If it's to the point where it is inhibiting your training you should see a doctor. They will analyze what is going on and it may not be tendonitis.

On a side note I haven't heard of anyone getting tendonitis in the wrist from get ups with a bell that is not near a max weight. It could be a technique flaw that is putting extra pressure on the wrist such as failing to keep it straight throughout the get up.
 

Bret S.

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Could also be a problem from the supporting hand position? There's more weight on the supporting hand and improper positioning could be a problem.
 

Matt Piercy

Level 3 Valued Member
Is it tendinitis or a sore wrist? How trained are you? You might just be doing too much too soon or doing it incorrectly .
 

Paul Nathan

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I have had carpal tunnel, along with a current condition of tendonosis. The S+S work appears to be helping the tendonosis somewhat, although that's confounded by the fact that it typically gets better over time. However, the significant improvement is tied to the beginning of the KB work.

In any case, a Doctor's visit is in order for a correct diagnosis, along with a discussion of your workout practice & plans et cetera.
 

Shawn90

Level 5 Valued Member
Out of curiosity: what is prp ?

I would spend time doing only the first stage of the get up with the new weight. Just floor press it up and stay there for time. Rotate the wrist slowly. Focus on staying tight, squeeze the handle, let your arm and shoulders get used to the new weight. And worry about nothing else.

I never "practice" with a bell I cant floor press with 1 arm. If you cant floorpress it with 1 arm the bell is too heavy for full tgu, period.
 

Martine Kerr

SFG-TL, Elite
Team Leader Certified Instructor
Pain - medical evaluation, especially if it hasn’t subsided in a few days and/or comes back. Evaluate your technique and loading pattern (magnitude, duration, frequency and intensity)...otherwise you won’t adapt favorably to the training stimulus.

Note that PRP (platelet rich plasma) and other prolotherapy treatments show promise for healing but will do nothing to address technique issues.
 

Brian T

Level 4 Valued Member
Thank you all for your responses. The tendinitis is a result of a car wreck back when I was 16 or 17. I’m 46 now...lol. It comes and goes. Heavy one arm swings and punching the heavy bag aggravate it sometimes. (I’m also a long time martial artist.) My TGU practice doesn’t seem to aggravate it at all. Anyway, thank you for your replies.
 
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