Right wrist pain

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by basedinMN_, Jun 11, 2022.

  1. basedinMN_

    basedinMN_ Light Load Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    St Paul, MN
    I know some of you guys have been doing flatbed for many years so I'm hoping someone out there has a remedy for wrist pain from the winch bar. I have it, it's getting worse. I've only been on flatbed for four years. Maybe my technique needs work. I know some guys keep their right arm straight and locked, when winching. I've avoided the locked arm method because when I did that at first, I was getting shoulder pain. For the last 2 years or so I lean my ribs onto the end of the bar, with my right arm bent at a sharp angle, and my shoulder pain went away, but now my right wrist is acting up. Is there a third way to do this?
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  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    If u figure it out let me know. My wrist always hurts too. Not sure if from the winch bar or throwing straps. But definitely from something related to flatbed because it didn't exist before.
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  4. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    I’ve been doing skateboarding most of my trucking life, I’ve been injured, had pains in wrist, arms, shoulders etc. It’s never had stopped me from anything. I’ve never thought about a technique. Only different thing I did last year was get a longer winch bar and bought a few ratchet binders. I run local so I’m always either throwing straps or chains through out the day. One thing I’ll add is on tall steel loads, I’ll throw a rope over and hook the end of the chain hook to pull the chain over. Other than that, it’s just another day at the office, pain or no pain.
  5. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    If it's from the winch bar just switching to left hand use should help some, it'll be awkward as all get out at first but if you force yourself to you can be semi ambidextrous.
  6. CAXPT

    CAXPT Road Train Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    The real question to ask, is what are you doing with your wrists that is causing the pain? For instance, if you are macho and hand winding your straps, that could be the issue and then when using the winch bar, it shows up. If you are using to much body weight to tighten down the load, and concentrating your body weight on your wrists, as you say you used to do with the straight arm until your shoulders started hurting, that could be the problem. Only you, and maybe a good physical therapist can figure out what you're doing wrong.
    One thing you can try, is first using a wrist wrap/splint to help stabilize that area when you work. Don't forget, if you are also using a manual transmission, that your wrist is doing a lot of work regularly, using that shifter and when you start using the winch bar, you may be just putting weight and injury on something that's actually a repetitive stress injury from shifting all the time. If it's concerning enough, see a physical therapist for diagnostic and therapy options.
    Good luck, take care of your self.
  7. goga

    goga Heavy Load Member

    Nov 11, 2021
    No kidding. I'm a pro painter, used to do taping, masking, brushing, rolling, moving ladders and spraying whole day long and my wrists were doing "a lot of work" daily pulling that trigger up to 4 a second and moving the spray gun wherever it had to be.. etc)

    No kidding. I'm a pro driver, shifting shifter whole day long and steering that wheel, wrenching sometimes, holding cup of coffee sometimes, unscrewing bottle of water (all by my wrist!), scratching, turning switches on and off.. etc)

    No kidding. Pains in the joints are caused mostly by the inflammation, which is caused by too much carbs intake and/or sugar. Lower that body fat producing intake will lower body inflammation.

    No kidding. Do not lay on the winch, ever - use arm only, as much as it pulls and no more. If there is a need to pull it more, grab the bar by both hands and pull it "falling back". Never have your head, body parts in any way in the way of the bar in case it "springs back". Do not keep your hand on the shifter while driving, vibration will destroy the joints. Watch YT for more info...)

    PS: this precious writing was addressed to the OP, quotes were used for reference only and no harm was done to the writer's wrists while typing.
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  8. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    Not sure what is causing the pain, but something that may help is a longer winch bar for more leverage and less work. I’ve suggested this in other threads: hook two winch bars together, It’s a quick and easy alternative to welding something to your bar (others may suggest finding a length of steel pipe that fits over your winch bar which works fine too).
  9. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    Wild guess.

    Are you holding the bar like you would a pistol?
    Excess force in that motion of “pointing the pistol up and down using only your wrist “ may be the issue.

    For the last tightening stroke, try palm down, left hand over right wrist/hand.
  10. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    High Point NC

    Excessive force......pointing......tightening stroke....... this thread has gone sideways!
  11. goga

    goga Heavy Load Member

    Nov 11, 2021
    It got physical)

    The weight pressure on the wrist can NOT do any harm, unless there is a problem to begin with. Push ups, weights lifting, push ups on parallel bars (which is the same as tying strap down), etc.. do not harm anything wrist related. It was designed to "hold the weight" of the body and some.
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