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Aug 12, 2013
ive noticed over the years that i have lost full extension on my left elbow. i'm about 5-10 degrees shy. i've just chalked it up to 25 years of climbing and accepted it. but lately i've noticed that i may be losing range of motion when i close my elbow as well. on top of that, i'm getting numb hands a lot when i sleep or nap.
my assumption is that it's classic arthritis. any thoughts anyone? any ideas on how to regain full range of motion or prevent the numbness? i'm 43, climb 3 or so times a week, and yes when i boulder/try hard i definitely notice more numbness throughout the night. elbows don't appear to be swelling, and no pain to speak of fortunately.
i'd love some insight. thanks!
ps- i dislocated the other elbow so have permanently lost some extension there, but closing that joint doesn't give me issues. so yea i've got the worst ape index of any tall skinny guy you know!
carter jensen
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Joined Dec 18, 2009
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Aug 12, 2013
Bone spur? Go see a doctor. divnamite
From New York, NY
Joined Aug 1, 2007
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Aug 12, 2013
Could be this:

David Barbour
From Denver
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Aug 12, 2013
I would recommend seeing an orthopedist for medical advice, rather than the Internet. FrankPS
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