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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 21, 2009 - 04:15pm PT
I can't. Not even close.

If a perfectly straight arm is at 180 degrees open with respect to elbow? I am at least 10 degrees off, 170, maybe a bit more.

Its not that it hurts to bend them farther... they simply won't go. I can't say if this crept up on me or happened all at once. But its both arms... cannot straighten my elbows. Had to be climbing injuries... I really have no life atall otherwise.

Anyone else 'suffer' from bent arm syndrome?

Cheers
DMT
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:18pm PT
Ding for the award for WEIRDEST THREAD OF THE DAY.

TO answer yer OP - yes.

> 180 actually. Mine hyperextend. Ick!!!

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:20pm PT
um, yes, bilaterally and simultaneously.
Dave

Mountain climber
the ANTI-fresno
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:28pm PT
Nope. neither arm has - ever. Even before tendonitis from bouldering and ice climbing.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:29pm PT
A time comes in life when nothing straightens all the way. If you are merely at the elbow stage, you have little to worry about.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2009 - 04:32pm PT
Hey! That will be QUITE ENOUGH OF THAT, rgold (lol). This Bumble still has BOUNCE goddamnit!

DMT
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:33pm PT
from the web...

Normal Values (in degrees):

Hip flexion (bending) 0-125
Hip extension (straightening) 115-0
Hip hyperextension (straightening beyond normal range) 0-15
Hip abduction (move away from central axis of body) 0-45
Hip adduction (move towards central axis of body) 45-0
Hip lateral rotation (rotation away from center of body) 0-45
Hip medial rotation (rotation towards center of body) 0-45
Knee flexion 0-130
Knee extension 120-0
Ankle plantar flexion (movement downward) 0-50
Ankle dorsiflexion (movement upward) 0-20
Foot inversion (turned inward) 0-35
Foot eversion (turned outward) 0-25
Metatarsophalangeal joints flexion 0-30
Metatarsophalangeal joints extension 0-80
Interphalangeal joints of toe flexion 0-50
Interphalangeal joints of toe extension 50-0
Shoulder flexion 0-90
Shoulder extension 0-50
Shoulder abduction 0-90
Shoulder adduction 90-0
Shoulder lateral rotation 0-90
Shoulder medial rotation 0-90
Elbow flexion 0-160
Elbow extension 145-0
Elbow pronation (rotation inward) 0-90
Elbow supination (rotation outward) 0-90
Wrist flexion 0-90
Wrist extension 0-70
Wrist abduction 0-25
Wrist adduction 0-65
Metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints abduction 0-25
MCP adduction 20-0
MCP flexion 0-90
MCP extension 0-30
Interphalangeal proximal (PIP) joints of fingers flexion 0-120
PIP extension 120-0
Interphalangeal distal (DIP) joint of fingers flexion 0-80
DIP extension 80-0
Metacarpophalangeal joint of thumb abduction 0-50
MCP of thumb adduction 40-0
MCP of thumb flexion 0-70
MCP of thumb extension 60-0
Interphalangeal joint of thumb flexion 0-90
Interphalangeal joint of thumb extension 90-0
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:35pm PT
I heard that it's impossible for one to lick their own elbow.

I wonder if this is true for a 170-degree 'straight' arm? Dingus?
Khoi

climber
Vancouver, BC
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:39pm PT
I can hyper extend my elbows by almost an additional 30 degrees. I've noticed quite a few others can do it as well.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2009 - 04:42pm PT
Almost Roxy.... ALMOST. As you can see, I'd start at your wrist...

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2009 - 04:43pm PT
Actually I think its climbing AND typing, combined. Sitting too long 'at the ready' in front of PC.

Like typing right now... for example.

I need a Voice Over!

DMT
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:44pm PT
My elbows are nice and straight. As opposed to being ghey, maybe. The OW fetishists aka human pretzels might know something about this stuff.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2009 - 04:46pm PT
Jeesus KEE RHYST do NOT tell Jaybro or Scuffy about this!

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2009 - 04:46pm PT
Oh sh#t... too late. No Jaybro, my elbows DO NOT function as cams when arm barring. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

DMT
nutjob

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 21, 2009 - 04:54pm PT
My arms go straight. Another vote for all fart's disease.

But I do have this thing where it takes a minute for my knee to work after sitting with crossed legs...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2009 - 05:04pm PT
Straight here. No more than 180 degrees.
Greg Barnes

climber
Dec 21, 2009 - 05:21pm PT
Yep, but not either little finger. One I dislocated to 90 degrees mountain biking about 20 years ago, and the other I nearly tore off my hand when a foothold blew on a FA with a sharp pinky lock.

But I can't bend my elbows in all the way, the biceps get in the way. Right more than left, even though I haven't drilled more than 20 bolts or so all year...
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 21, 2009 - 05:22pm PT
Never, EVER, underestimate Rgold, Pilgrims.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 21, 2009 - 05:29pm PT
There's a pattern developing here, and it is geographical, not age-related. All the Canadians (me included) seem to report full 180 extension despite advanced age, whereas you yankees report reduced extension.

We're used to straightening you out on a lot of issues, but I'm not sure we can help on this one.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 21, 2009 - 06:03pm PT
it's probably because you Canucks use a different unit system... the Napoleonic one... and mostly for liquid measure... no doubt
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