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lesterbrown2010-05-17 14:42:15 +0000 #1
I have been training for almost two years now (solely boxing) and my hands are showing it! I have some heavy calcium deposits on my right hand, and lately I have encountered some pretty bad pain in both hands as well as limited mobility in the joints of both hands. To sum it up my hands have stopped working, I was wondering if any of you guys have had the same problems and what kind of treatments you have undergone. I know it's not a flaw in my technique or my gloves, Its just a large amount of bag work.

I have searched the internet for some solutions but I have only read "wrap your hands better" which i am doing, and "learn how to punch" which I already know how to do.

thanks
Ash2010-05-17 14:54:31 +0000 #2
I know people that've had that same problem, but I don't know for sure what they did to remedy it, if anything. It's hard to know what your issue could be though, without knowing exactly what you're doing. What kind of wraps are you using? Are you wearing gloves? What kind of bag work have you been doing extensively?

Just basic advice, baby your hands a little better when wrapping, maybe even using gel wraps, try heavier gloves, and lighter bags.

Honestly though, I actually think it's mostly genetics that determines whether that happens or not, and I realize that's a controversial viewpoint to have for some. Like with me, I never broke or injured my hands or digits no matter how much punching I did, like they were made of steel. Yet, my shins were incredibly brittle. Always got burns on them, tons of deep bruising, the nerve endings just never dulled at any point, basically any problem short of them snapping in half happened to me. I think in many ways it's just luck of the draw.
Thumpin2010-05-17 15:18:39 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Ash

Like with me, I never broke or injured my hands or digits no matter how much punching I did, like they were made of steel. Yet, my shins were incredibly brittle. Always got burns on them, tons of deep bruising, the nerve endings just never dulled at any point, basically any problem short of them snapping in half happened to me. I think in many ways it's just luck of the draw.

Ash, we must be genetically related somehow.

Lester, try supplementing your diet with Magnesium, as that helps the body absorb calcium and prevents buildup. Calcium is stored in the body, while magnesium isn't, so you'll need to take daily supplements. For the time being, take something like MoveFree (glucosamine/chondritin mix) to lube those joints a bit and maybe help with the pain. It sounds (unfortunately) like you have the start of arthritis or osteoporosis in your hands. Continued use may cause the calcium deposits to grow, so rest is also something you should consider while you treat the problem. You can also get cortisone shots to help break up the deposits and in worst case scenarios, surgery.
lesterbrown2010-05-17 14:52:35 +0000 #4
Thanks a lot guys! I am using the largest wraps I could find (200 inches) I have 16oz everlast bag gloves (which I will most likely be changing for something with more padding.) I do about 10 rounds of bag work a day three days a week, and unfortunately (as I am competing regularly and trying to turn this into a career) I cannot take breaks really. but i will try the magnesium and the glucosamine.
Ash2010-05-17 16:28:11 +0000 #5
You're trying to become a professional boxer? Just out of curiousity, how old are you?
lesterbrown2010-05-17 15:35:12 +0000 #6
Im 20 now I got in to the sport late. ive been doing it for about 2 years, It's not unprecedented that people even older than I have attained success in the pros.

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