Hey there guys! I'm hoping someone may be able to help me out with some suggestions that I've not been able to think of to work out the kinks.
First, some history I guess is in order. I spent over a year working full time as a banquet server at a very popular resort, carrying heavy trays all day long (upwards of 40 lbs for sometimes 16 hour days) in my right hand, palm up, hand flexed. Needless to say, I think some of the strain comes from there... I no longer work there full time, I'm 'on-call' now that I'm working for our house cleaning biz 6 days a week, 8-14 hours a day, hauling vacuum cleaners around and such. I jumped into a CB DM in may a wee bit too fast that also strained my wrist, and caused me to take some time off from lifting, but not working.
Because of my work schedule these last few months, I've been very tired, and have focused mainly on recovery, i.e. sleeping, more than lifting. I went about 4 months of not lifting this summer (or very rarely anyway) because I was just too beat and didn't feel it would be smart to do so. My wrist was not giving me any grief during this time. Jump to august, I started a blacksmithing/metalworking class, where, working on some thick metal stock, I again strained my wrist. I also started working as a server again, and though I was taking it easier with myself there, carrying lighter trays whenever possible, it still didn't help...
This past two weeks upon awakening, my right hand has been incredibly difficult to close. It started with just the pinky, ring ang middle fingers at first. My pointer and thumb were okay, but the last two days, it's been my whole hand. After about an hour of being up, it gets better, to the point where I can make a full fist, and clench it. But it's still weak. In fact I just about dropped a juice pitcher this morning after being up for 3-4 hours. It ain't *that* heavy.
I've worked on some wrist circles, clovers, etc, but I dont' think I'm addressing the problem properly. I can continue to do BMEs as I have the last few weeks, focusing on a few each day, but I don't want to lift right now. I'm thinking of focussing a lot on shoulder circles, etc., arm screws, elbow circles, wrist circles, etc. throughout the day, and resting it as much as possible. I can't stop working, but I have been trying to let my left hand do as much as possible, which is a trick for me. I'm not nearly as coordinated as I'd like with my left side. As for the blacksmithing, I've been working on small projects which don't require the strength of blows that working with larger metals does.
What I'm looking for I guess is some hope, some indication that I'm on the right track with my rehab, as it seems to be getting worse. How would you guys recommend I structure a program? Would you add/change anything, emphasize anything else? I know this has been a bit long, and I thank you for bearing with me.
I appreciate the help with this. Thanks,