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Pain in wrist/palm(7 posts)

Pain in wrist/palmIamhoosier
Jun 16, 2003 6:12 AM
New to road biking. Have about 400+ miles in last couple months. In the last 2 weeks have had lingering pain in right wrist running up into palm toward my little finger. It is not an ache but a sharp pain when I bend my wrist a certain way, especially bending it down. Also can induce the pain by squeezing the outside of my palm near the wrist.
STI, PI gel gloves. Even have some pain after 3-4 days of not riding. Suggestions? Or is this just something that will get better as I get better?

Thanks in advance.
re: Pain in wrist/palmmainframe
Jun 16, 2003 6:25 AM
Could be too much weight forward, perhaps drop is greater than need be? Yet, in any case, ride relaxed; shoulders, arms, and hand grip should never be tense or tight. Once mastered, a relaxed style on the bike always yields a little more comfort.
re: Pain in wrist/palmIamhoosier
Jun 16, 2003 6:41 AM
Drop is OK--I have the spacers to prove it. :-)
I have thought that maybe my stem may be a little long but have been waiting to put more miles in since I have no background to compare to.

One other detail that I left out that may bear on my situation, I turn 50 next month. No longer a spring chicken.

Thanks for the response and reminder about relaxed style.
Possible ulnar neuropathyManBehindTheCurtain
Jun 16, 2003 7:08 AM
I did a search and found this article:

http://www.sportsmed.buffalo.edu/info/ulnar.html
Sports Medicine Institute

In addition to the changes suggested by the article I would like to add that I personally successfully manage this condition with padded gloves. Your current Pearl Izumi gel gloves may not be padded in the appropriate place for ulnar nerve protection.

I use Specialized Body Geometry gloves and they work for me. Your results may vary.

http://www.specialized.com/SBCEqProduct.jsp?section=12828&browselevel=gloves&JServSessionIdroot=4wamsugq5o.j27005
Specialized - 03 BG Pro Glove
Pain is common but shouldn't linger for days...biknben
Jun 16, 2003 7:21 AM
Occasional pain would be considered normal for many people. That fact that your is lingering for days after a ride is cause for some concern.

Try to frequently change your hand postion on the bars. You have three obvious positions: tops, hoods, and drops. You can also multiply these postions by moving your hands around slightly. For instance, you can put your hands near the end of the drops or tuck then high under your brake lever. When on the hoods, you can rotate your hand so that your fingers are pointing forward and tuck your thumb under the STI cable coming out of lever (assuming your using Shimano). On the tops you can place your hands on the straight part and also move them towards teh outside where it starts to curve.

By moving your hands more frequently you will distribute the forces to larger areas of your hands before any one spot gets real sore.

You can also experiment with different bar tape and even double it up to provide extra padding.
I had this last yearpitt83
Jun 16, 2003 9:34 AM
BikenBen is right. Change your positions. I like heels on the bar bend tops for another relaxed spot.

Until someone showed me how to OFTEN change hand positions, I didn't understand. Thought that I was changing.

Move your hands often; not every 15 minutes, but every 2-3 minutes. Mine got better almost immediately and I was able to ride through it.

Gloves are a personal choice; I like my PI. New design this year isn't as good as the older one. Didn't find the Body Geometry held up well (ripped in the fingers quickly).
Thanks to all!! Especially the "link" Sounds like me. nmIamhoosier
Jun 16, 2003 8:37 AM