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By Pontoon
From Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 7, 2014
A few weeks ago I noticed pain after climbing a very crimpy route where I misread a few moves and pulled harder than needed. I cut the session short because of it. I figured I was just super pumped at the time, but for the following days/weeks, I felt pain on the underside of my forearms, especially the right arm's forearm. It would almost entirely go away, but then strenuous climbing brings it back. The left arm is now almost totally OK, but the right arm is pretty darn sore today. I do have some bruising, but I'm not sure if that's from impact on rocks (not worried if so) or if it's from some sort of injury. Anyone know of an injury that can happen to the underside of the forearm (the palm side) due to hard crimping? I don't think it's from overuse because I think it happened from that one climb. Can I keep climbing or do I need to rest? Maybe climb more gently to let it heal but not stop entirely? If I have to rest, how long?

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By Jon Powell
From LAWRENCEVILLE GEORGIA
Jul 7, 2014
stone depot
Continuing to climb without diagnosing the problem is a terrible idea. You mentioned palm side. Is it close to the palm? If so it may be a tendon issue. If this is the case I would recommend icing, rest and deep tissue massage to promote blood flow. Once you have rested for 2 weeks make sure you stretch before climbing and stay hydrated. Lots of injures happen during the summer because of dehydration. If the problem comes back after resting for 2 weeks see a Dr.

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By sharyl
From Chattanooga, TN
Jul 7, 2014
The soreness and bruising sound almost like a sprain. I'm no expert though. Regardless if it comes back when you climb or do strenuous activity...you need to rest it if it's going to get better. The rocks will still be there when you are healthy again.

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By Pontoon
From Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 7, 2014
Here's what I can show with pictures. The red X is where I think I feel the pain. It might be closer to the wrist, though... I can't quite tell. I had a red line (which turned to a bruise the next day) inside the area marked by the blue circle near my wrist. I don't know if it was internal damage from a hard move or if it was just because I pressed that part of my arm hard into the rock. I also have bad bruising on both sides of my elbow from getting stuck in a forearm jam.

Also I noticed as I close my hand my pinky wants to stop closing until it suddenly jerks forwards towards the palm.

High tech forearm diagram
High tech forearm diagram

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