Wrist pain

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  1. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer Supporter

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    Not sure if this is the best place for this, but it manifested itself most severely while riding my thumper, so here it is.

    I was riding around Breckenridge, CO last week, and after riding a few hours a day for a couple of days the pain in my wrist became pretty intense. I think it is related to holding the throttle open as well as hanging on to the bars in some very rocky terrain. I have also had similar pain riding on the street, and my next bike will have cruise-control, but it hasn’t been as bad as this was.

    I was riding a 350 EXC. Stock bars, but a Scott’s Stabilizer with BRP sub mount with the hard (red) elastomers installed. I’m wondering if Flex bars would help? I don’t want to throw a bunch of money at the bike if it continues to be this bad.

    I also rented a mountain bike one day and that didn’t bother my wrist at all, which is why I think it has a lot to do with holding the throttle open.

    I circled the area on a photo where the pain is. It is still tender to push on the area today.

    Any insight or advice? :ear

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  2. Motopsychoman

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    1. Try taking some anti-inflammatories before you ride. Naproxen (Aleve) seems to work best on me.
    2. Stop periodically and do some wrist rolls. Just hold your hand out flat and then make your fingers follow some increasing size imaginary circles. Do them clockwise and counter-clockwise.
    3. When you get off the bike, ice that part of your wrist for 10-20 minutes.

    Search on-line for wrist exercises. There are lots of different kinds out there.

    If the pain continues or gets worse, see a doctor who specializes in wrists.
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  3. Bitingdog

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    @yakawars59 to the white courtesy phone please
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  4. pratered

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    I’ve had some pain in my right wrist and sometimes just a little self massage and I feel the wrist bones pop back into place.
    Also, just a cheap first move , maybe roll your bars forward a bit. Just a few degrees can make a difference.
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  5. Robotaz

    Robotaz Adrenalin Freak

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  6. jonz

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    Here's a cheapo throttle lock to see if that helps.

    https://www.amazon.com/Go-Cruise-GO...t=&hvlocphy=9021351&hvtargid=pla-787150112608

    I used one on my 950SE for a ride home from Miami to SoCal, and other times. I sometimes get the same pain but it's mild. When cruising on easy terrain, I ride with my thumbs on top of the grips and that gives that area of my wrist a break. If that helps but doesn't give you enough of a break, you can buy handlebars with a bend to the rear - think of a less extreme version of bicycle beach cruiser handlebars.
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  7. Toytec

    Toytec Been here awhile

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    Try readjusting the controls, the bar angle or maybe a different bend of bars. If you can, go to a store and hold diffrent bars and see which ones feel better or worse on your wrist.
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  8. 2whl-hoop

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    I have a throttle lock on my 1090, but it wouldn’t have been any help on the trails I was on last week.
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    Would a 500 have a steadier transition of power loping along in a higher gear ? Maybe ?
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  11. Blackshirt

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    I’ve had pain in that area, too…but it isn’t your wrist. It is tendinitis at your thumbs lowest joint. It comes from repetitive grasping like using a hammer, shaking hands, or holding too tightly onto your bike’s bars. It can be very painful. I eventually was driven to a hand specialist, who administered a Cortisone injection into the joint. It hurt like the devil, but only for a moment. The relief came to stay in a few hours…
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  12. 2whl-hoop

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    How often does the injection need to be repeated?
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  13. Blackshirt

    Blackshirt Long timer

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    In my case, the pain came on during my son’s wedding…I must have shaken a thousand hands. That was four years ago and it has not returned.
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  14. Charles13

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    It’s Osteoarthritis an X-ray should confirm the diagnosis, Cortisone injections help very 4 months or so and there is an operation they can do where they take some tendon from your arm roll it up into a little pillow and insert it in between the flat bones under your scaphoid.
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  15. grifs71

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    I got that pain recently to, been riding a long time that tendinitis is epic painful - makes sense now. Been rebuilding a 2004 Suzuki RM250 and it catches in that spot almost makes me want to crawl up a tree backwards.
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  16. Stephen

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    Very possibly your handlebars are wrong for your body geometry. If you have long arms or wide shoulders, it is likely that your bars have too much sweep. If your arms are short, it's often that the bars are too wide. These are gross, crude, primitive, over-generalized statements, but they are often true.

    A first step is to assume your normal riding position. Be honest here. Do your really ride around with your back straight and head up? Maybe you do; just saying. So look at your wrists and forearms. The arm bones should go straight to your middle finger, like it is an extension of the forearm. If your wrists are cocked out then the bars have too much sweep and it will hurt--maybe your wrists, but if you straighten them the pain will move to your shoulder, worse on the throttle side, and it will be hard to get your elbows up. If your wrists angle in, then it is likely that your bars are too wide. Your elbows won't be pinned to your ribs, but you'll look like a dork. Either way, the fix is easy. Trim the wide bars or shop for ones with less sweep. Newer KTMs seem to have wider, flatter and straighter bars than older models. A cheap way to test is to roll your bars back in the mounts, thus reducing sweep, and going for a sit-down ride. If your wrist feels better, you've got an answer. Note that standing with rolled-down bars sucks.

    Modern mountain bike bars tend to have very little sweep, so that might be a clue. But it might be a clue that vibration is the source of your pain. Grips that are even a little bit softer might help. I mean like some pro-grip DS grips--much comfier than the hard KTM grips--not those awful foam bullshit things. So that's something to try. And it's cheap.

    One more thing: Going to the moto shop and grabbing bars and getting the ones that "feel best" is a low-percentage game. First, you have to really get the bars in an accurate relative position to evaluate, and second, because "feels good" is not the criterion--the metric is wrist alignment in your riding position.

    Experimenting with bars and grips can get expensive, sure, but surgery sucks. And for the record, I really like naproxen.
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  17. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for all the feedback!

    The pain has been a recurring issue for over a decade, but it hasn't been this bad before. I think the next step, regrettably, is probably seeing a Dr. ... I just turned 52, and I know arthritis runs in the family.
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    NEPAChuy Been here awhile

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    Have you ever ridden with Steg Pegz? They do wonders to improve body stability and help reduce weight on the hands/wrists.
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    Also wear a wrist brace when riding.
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  20. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer Supporter

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    I have Stegs pegs to help with upper body fatigue, but the wrist pain seems to be more from holding the throttle open. It used to get really bad on an FJR, which had a very heavy throttle return spring, but I didn't think the light return on the 350 would be an issue. I am guessing it has to do with needing more effort to hold a steady throttle opening on rough terrain.

    That finally seemed to clear it up, yesterday, but I had to double the dosage.
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