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Hi Archery Talk,

I got into archery about 4 months ago, purchased my first bow and have been hooked... Since then, I've purchased 4 other bows (plus 4 for the rest of the family) and have been enjoying shooting both in my backyard and at the local archery range. I was finally starting to get better (could consistently nail that milk jug at 70 yards)... when my left wrist started hurting. At first, I thought it was keyboard related (I'm on a keyboard most of the day for work) but I switched keyboards and noticed that my wrists ached quite a bit after archery. (I'd finally gotten my grip form down a bit better, with my knuckles at 45 degrees, etc)

I even tried setting up a target bow at a lower draw weight (I bought an Elite Victory X with a 60 lbs draw, and lowered it to 50) and I'm still getting worse and worst wrist pain after each session. I just took a 2 week break and tried again and my wrist tendons hurt for 48 hours after.

Maybe it's a sign that my body isn't set up for Archery or that I need a really low draw weight to keep strain off my wrist? (I'm 6'1" / 200lbs so not a small guy)

Anyone dealt with something like this? Solutions? I've tried stretches, I've tried ice, I've tried exercises... nothing seems to be working over the past 1.5 months. Open to suggestions...
 

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Hi Archery Talk,

I got into archery about 4 months ago, purchased my first bow and have been hooked... Since then, I've purchased 4 other bows (plus 4 for the rest of the family) and have been enjoying shooting both in my backyard and at the local archery range. I was finally starting to get better (could consistently nail that milk jug at 70 yards)... when my left wrist started hurting. At first, I thought it was keyboard related (I'm on a keyboard most of the day for work) but I switched keyboards and noticed that my wrists ached quite a bit after archery. (I'd finally gotten my grip form down a bit better, with my knuckles at 45 degrees, etc)

I even tried setting up a target bow at a lower draw weight (I bought an Elite Victory X with a 60 lbs draw, and lowered it to 50) and I'm still getting worse and worst wrist pain after each session. I just took a 2 week break and tried again and my wrist tendons hurt for 48 hours after.

Maybe it's a sign that my body isn't set up for Archery or that I need a really low draw weight to keep strain off my wrist? (I'm 6'1" / 200lbs so not a small guy)

Anyone dealt with something like this? Solutions? I've tried stretches, I've tried ice, I've tried exercises... nothing seems to be working over the past 1.5 months. Open to suggestions...
You KNOW what you need to do. Wrist tendons aching for 48 hrs afterwards is not normal.
Man up and go see your primary care doctor. Then, you may get a referral to a specialist physician.
 

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Look into median nerve glides on youtube. Might be a nerve issue. Nerve pain is known to travel up the forearm mimicking other pain.
 

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Carpal tunnel Syndrome ,repetitive stress disorder?
 

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that's what I was think, too. Carpal Tunnel. doing "prayer stretches" will help alot, but you have to do them often and regularly.
 

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Hi Archery Talk,

I got into archery about 4 months ago, purchased my first bow and have been hooked... Since then, I've purchased 4 other bows (plus 4 for the rest of the family) and have been enjoying shooting both in my backyard and at the local archery range. I was finally starting to get better (could consistently nail that milk jug at 70 yards)... when my left wrist started hurting. At first, I thought it was keyboard related (I'm on a keyboard most of the day for work) but I switched keyboards and noticed that my wrists ached quite a bit after archery. (I'd finally gotten my grip form down a bit better, with my knuckles at 45 degrees, etc)

I even tried setting up a target bow at a lower draw weight (I bought an Elite Victory X with a 60 lbs draw, and lowered it to 50) and I'm still getting worse and worst wrist pain after each session. I just took a 2 week break and tried again and my wrist tendons hurt for 48 hours after.

Maybe it's a sign that my body isn't set up for Archery or that I need a really low draw weight to keep strain off my wrist? (I'm 6'1" / 200lbs so not a small guy)

Anyone dealt with something like this? Solutions? I've tried stretches, I've tried ice, I've tried exercises... nothing seems to be working over the past 1.5 months. Open to suggestions...
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, go see your primary care physician, and get a referral for a neurologist. Neurologist will do a needle EMG to measure NCV (nerve conduction velocities) to find where the highway jam is (nerve conduction velocity goes too low). If you wait long enough to see the neurologist (like I did...waited years), then, you get permanent muscle atrophy (muscles start to disappear, cuz if no nerve communication, the muscle wastes away). So, by the time I got a referral to see the neurologist, the diagnosis was not IF surgery, but how fast could I schedule double hand surgery.

So, no more asking for medical advice on an archery forum, no more listening to folks about doing DIY physical therapy. Get a needle EMG, to document your NCV values, and get an opinion for carpal tunnel release surgery, if that is the recommended path forward. Arthroscopic carpal tunnel release surgery much better option than open release. Faster recovery.
 

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Hi Archery Talk,

I got into archery about 4 months ago, purchased my first bow and have been hooked... Since then, I've purchased 4 other bows (plus 4 for the rest of the family) and have been enjoying shooting both in my backyard and at the local archery range. I was finally starting to get better (could consistently nail that milk jug at 70 yards)... when my left wrist started hurting. At first, I thought it was keyboard related (I'm on a keyboard most of the day for work) but I switched keyboards and noticed that my wrists ached quite a bit after archery. (I'd finally gotten my grip form down a bit better, with my knuckles at 45 degrees, etc)

I even tried setting up a target bow at a lower draw weight (I bought an Elite Victory X with a 60 lbs draw, and lowered it to 50) and I'm still getting worse and worst wrist pain after each session. I just took a 2 week break and tried again and my wrist tendons hurt for 48 hours after.

Maybe it's a sign that my body isn't set up for Archery or that I need a really low draw weight to keep strain off my wrist? (I'm 6'1" / 200lbs so not a small guy)

Anyone dealt with something like this? Solutions? I've tried stretches, I've tried ice, I've tried exercises... nothing seems to be working over the past 1.5 months. Open to suggestions...
If your physician recommends going through physical therapy first, prior to going down the surgery road....there are much more sophisticated treatment modalities. E Stim can help (electrical muscle stimulation). The physical therapist has other methods/procedures. I went through all of the PT, prior to ending up at double hand surgery, because I was too far gone...waited too long.
 

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I would recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon and let him diagnose the situation.

I have an issue called radial tunnel syndrome. Went to a orthopedic dr who quickly identified the problem. Received an injection and am currently in PT. Seeing positive results thus far.

See a dr. not website advice on health issues. You really don't know what your health problem is and won't know till you get medical diagnosis and a plan for treatment.
 

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If you stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night that should qualify to give Orthopedic diagnose. Go SEE a DR.!!
 
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