Cracking sound and pain in wrist in 15 year old basketball player

by John

Hi, I am a 15 year old basketball player.

I have been getting wrist pain constantly for 2 months already. I believe this is due to me shooting too much basketball.

I have been ice dipping for 5 days already and it still hurts, of course it hurts less.

Is it that the longer that I have been injured, the longer it takes for me to heal, even with ice dip? Also, is there any way I can stop the cracking sound? My wrist hurts too when it cracks.


Joshua Answers:

Hey John.

The answer to your question, basically, is yes. The more established an issue is, the more time and work it will take to reverse the problem. It might not take long for pain to go away, but to reverse the structural issues that have been forming over time....

1. Tell me more about the cracking. Details details details.

2. How flexible are you? Can you touch your thumb to your arm? When you straighten your arm, does your joint go past a straight line, past 180 degrees, or does it stop at straight?

3. How's your diet/nutritional intake?

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Nov 16, 2009
PART 2 - Reply to Joshua - Cracking sound and pain in wrist in 15 year old basketball player
by: John

Hi again. The cracking happens when I bend my wrist up. It is not everytime I do that it cracks but quite often. The cracking happens on the thumb side of the wrist, beside the round bone that sticks out. The pain sometimes go up to near the elbow area along that.

The pain also happens on the little finger side of the wrist and it also leads up to near the elbow.

Well, I can't touch my thumb to my forearm, and when I straighten my arm, it doesn't go past a straight line, its a little bit bent downward.

And I have just started drinking bone broth yesterday. I only drank once in a while before I came to this site.

How can I stop the cracking sound? Would the sound go away when I heal? And when should I start strengthening the area? As in when the pain subsides or start now?


Joshua Comments:

The cracking could just be that you have a loose wrist(s).

It's more likely a muscle imbalance, such that there is some amount of compression on the joint due to tight muscles and at a certain point in the movement the bone has to force it's way into the desired position. Kind of like cracking your knuckles.

Massage your forearms and thumb pad muscles, all along the base of the hand really. Push in as you move your hand around for a 'pin and stretch' to get the connective tissue opening up.

Strengthening is fine as long as you start slow and build up, without pain. It could very well be that strengthening will do the trick.

When you perform more work than your muscles are strong, that's when you start getting fatigue, wear and tear, pain, etc. When you are stronger than the job you are performing, that's a much preferred option.

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