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How to Deal with Wrist Pain

Diagnose and and treat this common lifting injury.

How to Deal With Wrist Pain

What You Did

Performing barbell curls with a straight bar began to hurt.

What You Feel

Sharp pain along the pinkie side of your hand and wrist. it hurts when you move your wrist, and there may also be swelling and a feeling of heat, tingling, or numbness.

The Diagnosis

Wrist strain or sprain. a strain is a tear in the muscle fibers from repetitive move- ments or bad form. a sprain is an injury to the ligaments, often the result of a sudden force, like falling.


Avoid straight bars for biceps curls and triceps extensions. if possible, incorporate kettlebell exercises such as swings and cleans to strengthen the wrist and grip.

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