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Hand and wrist problems from cycling???(5 posts)

Hand and wrist problems from cycling???surf
Jul 30, 2002 9:28 PM
Have any of you experienced this. I know the regular ulnar nerve (i think) going to sleep --- but right now i have what could be carpal tunnel. That has me worried big time, i have a doc visit tomorrow. Had some wrist and forearm pain and now a little tingle in the fingers. The crazy thing is that i then switched the mouse (yes, i use a computer)to the left hand and within a week i have the same symptoms. On the computer i do very little typing, just surfing the web at work.

For the past 6 months i have had sore thumbs from cycling (thats my best guess..). It was a pain at the base of the thumbs, so im trying to figure if this may be related to the recent flare-up with the wrist???

Any comments or advice

Thanks
re: Hand and wrist problems from cycling???Rich_Racer
Jul 31, 2002 12:59 AM
You may just not fit your bike properly and have too much weight on your hands. Try moving your saddle down/back a bit, if you can.

Do you wear gloves?
Sounds like bike lust. (nm)husker
Jul 31, 2002 3:16 AM
re: Hand and wrist problems from cycling???SnowBlind
Jul 31, 2002 7:00 AM
See a chriro. They are not just for backs.
Find one that cycles like you do (mine does ~110 miles a week), that way they have experenced every single pain you have, and know what to do.
I used to get pains in the wrist and hand, he would do some quick streching moves, and then adjust the wrint and elbow, plus the normal stuff in the back and special work in the shoulders. After a few visits, the problem went away and has not returned. No change to the bike, he just fixed the joints so they lined up properly.
Of course, the bike was fitted properly in the first place, so check that first.

Also, he pointed out that a reqular exercise routine that works the abs and back muscles is very important if you are going to ride a bike with a lower handlebar than seat. Strong abs are needed to keep the body weight off the handlebars.

Good luck!
re: Hand and wrist problems from cycling???zray61
Jul 31, 2002 2:12 PM
I agree with all that has been said so far and wish to
confirm proper fit and seeking medical advice is the way to go.
In my case my seat was set to high. What a difference and relief
lowering my seat made. Also I raised my handbars.