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Old 08-09-2013, 09:39 AM   #1
 
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Default Carpal Tunnel and shooting?

So I believe I have developed carpal tunnel from work and have exaggerated it by shooting handguns. It started after I shot a lot of .44 mag out of a ruger blackhawk.

Now my Glock 21 gen 4, one of the softest recoiling .45s out there is beating the crap out of my hand. So I am going to either move to a fullsize 1911 or down to some kind of 9mm, which I don't want to do.

Anybody else deal with this? I am going to get accupuncture next week.
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chiropractor pretty much solved my carpal tunnel issues.
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Use a shooting glove with re-enforced palm
Shoot lighter loads
Increase weight of gun
Use a compensator muzzle deviece or a ported barrel
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I've not seen a lot of people having carpal tunnel problems but quite a few guys who shoot a lot have trouble with tendonitis in that big muscle group that pops up on your forearm just below your elbow. They usually will try compression wraps, stretching exercises, hot/cold therapy, ibuprofen. Some required surgery to get through it. They suggest shooting less, lighter loads, different weapons perhaps. Also you could try laying off the shooting a while and work on strengthening those muscles (after they have healed) with grip strength exercises. I recommend the Captains of Crush grippers. Robert Vogel highly recommends them. He has some info on how he uses them on Brian Enos's forum.
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I suffer from both Tennis and Golfer's elbow in each arm due to repetitive motion injuries from working the assembly line at KTP. Even 6 yrs later I have issues with my big boomers like the Casull. Cranky and SmithShooter are spot on. Give these suggestions a go.
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Move to a lower caliber, maybe a .380 using Hornaday Critical Defense ammo which has low recoil. Actually a .32 acp with a 3.5 barell would be ideal but they are hard to find.
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