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Colm OReilly
10-06-2008, 02:40 AM
Hi All,

Apologies if this is in the wrong place. Around May of this year, I hurt my arm doing Snatches close to my 1RM. It felt like a hyperextension injury, similar to an armbar in BJJ, and I couldn't straighten it for a few days. Cue lots of Ibruprofen.

Since then I've injured it once for reasons I forget, and then doing Barbara on Saturday it started to flare up. I reckon it ws dropping to the bottom of the pull up too harshly (kip technique wouldn't be perfect by any means)

There's swelling here:

http://www.crossfit.ie/media/arm2.jpg

and a shooting pain here when I try to extend my arm.
http://www.crossfit.ie/media/arm1.jpg

Also, as I type, there's pain on the inside of my elbow.



Anyone know
A) What I'm doing with my lifts to cause this? (Can put up videos if needs be)
B) How I rehab/strengthen this?

Thanks,
Colm

George Mounce
10-06-2008, 05:06 AM
Were you keeping your grip tight, or did you possibly loosen your grip and then reestablish it in an extended position? Seems to me that area has a lot to do with grip and wrist movements, but could also be the lower part of the bicep on the inside where it connects, which means you were pulling with your arms.

Not a doctor, so I'm just guessing.

Steven Low
10-06-2008, 07:02 AM
You should probably see a doc and/or physical therapist about that.


Should be icing the swelling. Rest obviously.

The radial nerve runs along where you have pain so you probably stressed it somehow.

Colm OReilly
10-07-2008, 09:17 AM
Thanks for the response guys.

George, not entirely sure if I did loosen and regrip tbh, but I'll check when it's healed.

Stephen, was really hoping you wouldn't say that, as I can only imagine a doctor/physical therapist round here will know diddly about O-lifting and sports injuries that aren't soccer or running related.

Thanks again,
Colm

Steven Low
10-07-2008, 11:16 AM
Main thing is to get the swelling down (massage and ice) and then get back your ROM (stretching with ice after) then start working in some light exercising to build strength back up (with stretching and ice after).

If you're getting nerve pain it would be a good idea to get it looked at. Otherwise, you should be able to find some rehab protocols from MMA fighters on what they do when they get armbar-ed too far.

Colm OReilly
10-10-2008, 05:44 AM
Well went to the physio (my brother is one, so that's handy)

First thing was he didn't know what a snatch was, and looked shocked when i showed him. He did know what a clean was, however, so not all's lost.

Good new is, there's no major nerve damage. He wasn't exactly sure what I'd done to it but massage seemed to increase the range of motion and reduce the pain.

Don't know if this helps anyone but I said I'd throw it up.