Recoil damage !

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 50GI-Jess, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. 50GI-Jess

    50GI-Jess Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    I wonder if we have any here from the medical field, who would know how recoil affects muscle, bone and tissue over time?
    The reason for asking, is because now after 30 yrs.+ of competitive pistol shooting, I feel a stinging paine where my hand is connected to the wrist area.
    It's not uncommen that I shoot 1.000 ACP's weekly, and have most likely shot close to a million centerfire rounds so far.

    Is this condition permanent now, or is reversable if I take a break from shooting?
  2. EdS

    EdS Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Where on your hand /writst area? I had some nerve damage in the ulna nerve, which effected the pinky & ring finger.. wrist area for a bit. It did come back... but will flare occassionaly

  3. Pat-inCO

    Pat-inCO Olde Fart

    Nov 7, 2011
    OMG! Now we will have every cop and person in the military going on disability leave. :rolleyes2:

    If it were an issue, Todd Jarret (with over 1.7 million rounds) would be having significant problems.
  4. soylent green

    soylent green people eater

    Nov 17, 2011
    I would assume it has an effect. Every time you shoot the recoil produces un-natural pressure to your wrist and various other joints down the line. No different than say using hand tools all day long or anything else that involves your hands on a repetitive basis. Eventually those buffers (cartilage, ligaments) will be worn down. I'm sure it also affects different people differently. So I guess Todd Jarret is lucky or he's just masturbated enough that his wrists are more conditioned than GI Jess.:grin:
  5. CMG

    CMG Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    I know that shooting lots of .45-70 and .500 S&W from single shot rifles will earn you the following advice from the orthopedic surgeon who repairs your shoulder: STOP THAT!
  6. CMG

    CMG Member

    Aug 20, 2011

    I'm betting most of Jarret's rounds are thru an over-sprung, compensated race gun with very little recoil.
  7. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Jess it could be possible I guess. You could also have a predisposition for joint issues and your shooting has sped up the process.
  8. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    I've got artharitis brought on by years or turning wrenches.
    There is a product called "Move Free" think of it as lubrication for your joints.
    It works VERY well.

    Only other option is head to the Doc,.....sounds as if age is catching your butt as well!
  9. E39

    E39 Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 15, 2011
    I have tendonitis in my arm from using the computer mouse for work (and home). I would think any type of repetitive motion over time could have an effect. Cures are: 1) don't do anything with that motion again (yeah, right); 2) Limit motion using supports/braces; 3) exercise the muscles in the arm to compensate for those tendons and muscles which are affected.
  10. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
  11. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011

    I have had several competitive BE shooters who have had problems with their wrist or elbow in the past due to shooting. It usually goes away with a minor lay off, medical assistance and or changing technique. That being said, take some time off man, see a doctor about the pain and stop shooting full power loads all the time you power hog! ;-) Hope you get it worked out.
  12. 50GI-Jess

    50GI-Jess Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Thanks for all the input guys,
    I guess it must be age and milage too. Just f...... irritating, and so much more difficult to maintain master level in IDPA/IPSC. Also affects certain moves when pistolsmithing like checkering and precision filing etc.
    I remember when i used to test shoot for WC in 96. That year I shot over 180 K factory 45/40. And in my spare time on week ends, in wasn't uncommen to shoot 500 44 mag. just for fun etc. + a ton of IPSC/IDPA matches and bowling pins.
    Reloading over a million rds. probably didn't help either over the years.
    OK time for a vacation. I wonder what I should do with all them 2 days off.
  13. Gress

    Gress Don't need no education Supporting Addict

    Nov 21, 2011
    Any range plans? :lol:
    On a serious note, sorry to hear this Jess. Couple of years back I over exercised and ended up with herniated disc and found myself living flat on bare floor for 3+ month. Was getting ready for a surgery, however started feeling a bit of progress and surgeons advised me against the procedure. Now I am back to normal with exception of restricting "spine damaging" activities :biggrin1:
    Human body has great amount of healing ability and given a chance it will hopefully fix or at least greatly improve your condition. I'd definitely see a doctor to get his educated opinion on what you might want to change in your weekly routines.
  14. too_pure

    too_pure Employed

    Nov 9, 2011
    I have what my doctor called a "pre-arthritic" condition that starts in my wrist and radiates up through my thumb on my strong hand. No movement or rubbing relieves it. Really sucks when it comes on and there is no evident cause. It just happens from time to time. Shooting has never aggravated it though.
  15. CMG

    CMG Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    My arthritis has the same consequences (and this is why you really need to build a run of 9mm No Names), so I shoot 9mm 1911s much more than .45s these days.
  16. Earlsbud

    Earlsbud Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 28, 2011
    Naproxen sodium (Aleve) might be a good anti-inflammatory to start with until you can see a MD. It's time to slow down and pace yourself for a while until you heal. Happy Thanksgiving.
  17. Cerebrus

    Cerebrus Push to test, release to detonate

    Aug 17, 2011
    I only wish that aleve was not the same color as viagra.. so now instead of 1 problem I now have 2.... :pound:
  18. Earlsbud

    Earlsbud Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 28, 2011
  19. soylent green

    soylent green people eater

    Nov 17, 2011
    Have you tried rubbing it harder?
  20. CMG

    CMG Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Aleeve works really well for my neck/shoulder (arthritis), but doesn't do much for my hands. Actually nothing really helps my hands other than rest.

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