In today’s FAQ video, we answer the question “Why do I have wrist pain when I do bicep curls?” Watch the video below to learn what’s behind that wrist pain. Please leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.

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Why do I have wrist pain when I do bicep curls?


I am 24 years old and ran into some soft tissue problems with my wrist May 2010.  After a month of exercising on my own and attempting to rehab it, I did not have much success.  I am a personal trainer, so recovering was important to me as I need my wrist to demonstrate almost every exercise I show to clients.

After one session with Jarod, the mobility of my wrist improved significantly.  I am now able to get through my job pain-free.  There is still work to be done; however, the results received from one session speak largely to the exemplar level of Manual Therapy at which they operate.

As with any treatment, do not expect to be immediately cured; although, do not be surprised if it turns out to be a rapid fix.


Video Transcription [Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

Why do I have wrist pain when I curl?

I’m guessing you’re talking about curling weights, not curling in the Olympics!

It’s funny, my wrist actually does hurt when I curl. For me, it’s because the ligaments in the wrists are a little too loose. They allow too much movement when you put that kind of sheer force through. And if too much movement is allowed there, then it can cause some shifting and irritation.

That’s probably the most common reason a wrist would hurt with bicep curls. There are other things, from the shoulder to the bicep tendon that we probably see more commonly hurt with bicep curls… if there’s an issue with those.

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