Wrist Pain When Pressing or Curling

A common complaint we get from our weight lifting clients is pain in the wrist from either pressing (usually barbell bench press) or curling (usually barbell bicep curls). Pain of this nature may not seem so bad at first, but can progress to become a serious problem. In the worst case you may even tear your TFCC (triangular fibrocartilage complex) a cartilage structure in your wrist that is vital for normal wrist mechanics. It supports and cushions the wrist bones, and when damaged can cause chronic pain and dysfunction.


How to FIX the wrist pain and PREVENT further damage? 1) Keep your wrist in neutral when pressing (not flexed or extended)

2) Adjust your grip width so both forearms are vertical 3) Mix things up; Stop using the barbell so much! (swap it out for dumbbells, kettlebells, powerbands, bodyweight exercises etc.) A simple point to remember: if something is hurting, then STOP doing it, because you definitely aren’t doing it right!


If this doesn’t fix the problem then seek the advice of a professional. Our caring and friendly Chatswood or North Sydney Physio team would love to help you out, so reach out to us if you have any questions.

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