In the initial article I had about it. I thought I was just having a conversation with someone. I never thought it was going to be on the internet! Lol
Well, since it's there, I'll tell you about it. It"s called Madelung's Deformity and that means my ulna is shorter than it should be and slightly crooked.
I originally thought I had a sprain and was wondering why the pain wasn't going away so I got an XRAY and went to an orthapedic surgeon and had an mri to discuss the results.
It's a congenital deformity (since birth) and it's bilateral (on both sides)
Since then, we have taken precautions to prevent problems or manage the pain that's there.
I wear sturdy wrist wraps, I get massages and chiropractic care, and focus on flexibility and strength in the area.
Because of the lack of skeletal structure I have to support my wrists, my muscles, tendons, and ligaments have adapted to compensate.
Is there pain? I would say a minority of the time. My left thumb where it connects at the wrist tends to get tendonitis and my right radius at the wrist can hurt. Mostly because it's taking the blow of catching overhead movements. I've compared it sometimes to feeling like my wrist is getting hit by a bat. The amount of time my wrists feel that way though is not every second of every day.
I realize if/when the pain gets like that, it's just a pain I have to go through and that I can't stop competing or training because of it.
After a competition we take one week off of anything overhead, followed by a week of doing slower movements overhead (presses, and muscle snatch), then the next week we start working our way into doing more jarring overhead movements like snatches and jerks. This way I give my wrists a little bit of a break from the beating they get from training. We've found this really helps with how long we are able to put off any pain if/when we have pain.
So far in this training cycle leading up to the Games, I haven't had any problems.
Besides, it could be worse like some other people with more serious cases of Madelung's like this one below