Bow wrist pain

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  1. frantic29

    frantic29 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I have been fighting wrist pain for about a year now. I always was under the impression it was more to do with guitar playing than shooting but I recently had taken about 3-4 months off from shooting because of a back injury. During this time my wrist pain went away and my guitar playing increased so that sort of surprised me. Last week I started up shooting again and after a few nights of 20 or so shots the wrist pain is back. Needless to say it's very annoying as it affects my shooting, my guitar playing and work. I am turning my bow down to 50lb to see if that helps although I was only at 55 before so that will be a marginal help. Anybody else have this issue and what did you do to get over it?
     
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    Depending on your age and job you could have the start of arthritis or some tendon wear in your wrist.maybe a wrist suport might help.Could try to adjust how your hand holds the bow.I had a pro shop tell me to hold my bow a little diffrent and i tried it for a few weeks now i have pain in my thumb by my wrist still from a year and a half ago.
     
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    SharpEyeSam Legendary Woodsman

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    What I do is is hold a 5 to 10 pound weight upright in my hand simulating my bow. I then go through the motions as if I am drawing my bow, using the weight to simulate my bow. I then hold the weight out in front of me to the count of 10. Simulate a shot and I do it all over again. This will strengthen your bow hand, shoulder and wrist. Start with a weight you can manage and work your way up.
     
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    I have wrist pain too and it is arthritis. "But I'm not old enough to have arthritis," I told the doctor. She reminded me that as a house painter/construction guy, avid cyclist and archery nut, everything I do uses my wrist and each one doesn't allow for the wrist to heal and get over the inflammation caused by the repetitive nature of my life. Before/during hunting season or before a bicycle race or some other special event, I begin a regimen of advil, (heavy dose like 4, three times a day) and the pain is tolerable. I don't shoot as much as I used to nor do I ride as many century rides as I used to and I have to be careful swinging a hammer as it will easily go flying out of my hand as my grip weakens or the pain intensifies. Good luck and as they say........... "I feel your pain!"
     
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    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    Pain is merely weakness leaving the body, gut it out. I am kidding I get a sore arm down to my wrist every fall from splitting and stacking fire wood. I would see a Dr to accurately identify where the pain is coming from a simple brace or wrap may solve the problem.
     
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    youngfart Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Sounds like you got carpal Tunnel, it's to do with your wrist doing repetative things. See a Dr,they can tell you what to do.
    Rocky
     
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    If it is carpal tunnel DO NOT get surgery.

    Been there, done that. Much worse after. PT, chiropractic and acupuncture are all much better options.
     
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    frantic29 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Yes I have always heard this. I have hard time believing it is carpal tunnel because it seems so restricted to this activity, and came back so quickly once I started shooting again. I mean the second session I shot it came back and that was with day off in between. As I said when I stopped shooting the pain went away although other activities that are typically associated with carpal tunnel (guitar, typing) increased quite a bit during those months. I am kind of wondering if it relates back to a form issue or maybe I'm just getting old.
     

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