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Forearm Splint Like Pain

When ever I do standing Bicep curls, bent-over bb rows, or anything with flexion & a barbell involved hurts my forearms. Shin splint like pain only in the forearms & only on the essentric or when I release the weight.

Seen physio, has helped quite a lot & can manage it just… still would rather know what I am doing wrong with my form to prevent this pain.

Anyone else had this type of injury before??

How far down the forearms is your pain? Is it close to the inside of the elbow? or is it halfway down the arm?

Beef

Starts about half way down inside of forearm (hands supinated) travels to the wrist stops before hands.

I was making sure, you did not have medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow). Which you do not. Based on your description it does sound like the forarms equivalent of ‘shin spints’. I have had this issue years ago (10+), which was exacerbated by curling movements, specifically preacher curls. I had to stop all curling movements and restart the curling movements with small increases in volume. I would try to find alternatives to exercises that make the pain worse. Have you recently had a sudden increase in exercise volume?

beef

It is only barbell work that does it too me mainly, I can do hammer curls, any dumbbell curls with rotation of the forearm is pain free & barbell reverse curls are fine.

Injury happened about 5months ago now so back then I changed programs & increase volume and added a with a ‘arms’ day.

Cheers for your feedback.

[quote]T100 wrote:
It is only barbell work that does it too me mainly, I can do hammer curls, any dumbbell curls with rotation of the forearm is pain free & barbell reverse curls are fine. [/quote]

Based off of this, I’d assume that you have a pronator pathology occurring. Whether it is a tendinopathy or muscle strain or something else is hard to determine.

Recommendations: Obviously avoid bb curls and anything that causes excessive pain. Begin with some finger extension exercises and wrist ROM drills. Ice cup massages over the area should help as well.