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Musicians With Injuries

A place for musicians battling pain and injuries to talk about prevention, treatment, and other vagaries of our craft.

Location: the pain relief aisle of CVS
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Jun 27

About this group

As a cello teacher, part of my job is to imbue my students with strong, efficient technique. As a student, I did my best to ignore much of the technical directions offered me, and as a result (coupled with a few physiological anomalies) hurt the heck out of myself. I recently had ulnar transposition surgery, and want to encourage discussion and education with the goal of minimizing the number of musicians who end up needing such drastic measures. I will be posting rehab information about my own healing process, but I encourage anyone who feels the slightest pinch, twinge, ache or tingle to come here and talk about it.

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Facial pain 2 Replies

Anyone here have Trigeminal Neuralgia or other facial pain issues? I am a music minor (violin) at a university. I have a teacher who is very understanding of my condition, thankfully. I use a…Continue

Started by Ron blair. Last reply by Ron blair Jun 20.

Threatening permanent injury scare 1 Reply

Dropped a razor scraper onto my left thumb at work yesterday.  Hit an artery & bled a lot, stopped the bleeding, then part of my thumb went numb with needle-like stabbing pain when touched.  Good…Continue

Tags: motion, hands, movement, permanent, pain

Started by Kevin Keating. Last reply by Kevin Keating Oct 10, 2012.

Ice 3 Replies

I have always resisted putting ice on my arm because1) It never helped before.2) It feels awful.3) My father suggested it, and he makes taking his advice very difficult. :)Consider me a convert. At…Continue

Tags: rehab, ice, therapy

Started by Emily Wright. Last reply by Rory Williams Mar 29, 2010.

Improbably successful day

So it's 2 months out from surgery, and although the day to day is as varied as the weather (some days it hurts all the time, other days it burns after practice, other times it's pain-free), and today…Continue

Tags: technique, recovery

Started by Emily Wright Feb 24, 2010.

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Comment by Kevin Keating on June 27, 2014 at 4:34am
Right shoulder impingement flaring up. Ultra-sound shows no real damage. Doing at-home physical therapy exercises, a lot of shoulder stretching and posture improving stuff. Also chest stretching exercises to help keep the shoulders back where they belong.
It's amazing how much a simple thing like bad posture can cause so many problems, and yet it's not so easy to correct.
On really bad days, I use heat. Ice only numbs and masks the pain and reduces swelling (if any). Ice also slows circulation. Heat increases blood flow and has more overall healing effect.
Comment by Monica Hesse on July 13, 2012 at 12:50pm
Any comments And tipsis highly welcomed!
Comment by Monica Hesse on July 13, 2012 at 12:49pm
I have scoliosis And it is a b*#€¥! When i practice,afterwards i get bad headaches and stiff neck And shoulders!
Comment by Greg Cahill on September 19, 2011 at 11:27am
I had trigger finger surgery earlier this year. My only suggestion is to be sure to do the exercises afterward, massaging the area deeply (when the doctor gives the go ahead after stitches are removed) so that you break down the scar tissue. I had intermittent pain for a few weeks after surgery but all in all it has healed and I have almost complete mobility.
Comment by Margaret Mae Leddy on September 6, 2011 at 6:30pm

Tiger Balm tiger balm tiger balm.  I have terrible trigger finger in my left little and ring fingers which has only been cured by (other than not playing) cortisone injections.  Now unfortunately I've reached my max and if the pain does return I will have to turn to surgery.

 

Comment by Lillian Poole on May 21, 2011 at 11:14am

 I've heard that when you use ice, you're only supposed to put it on for a max of 20 minutes, and then wait another hour before using more ice....  I don't really think it works as well that way.  A year and a half ago, I was at a music camp, and two days before the perfomance, I burned my left thumb with a hair iron, and was using ice for the rest of the day. After a few hours, I was fine, and I could still play fine.  

  Recently, I had an AP exam, and I was writing like crazy for two hours, and my left hand started cramping up while in use.  Even a few days later, I couldn't write, or really play my viola with out my hand and I was wondering if anybody had advice on helping my hand heal faster for when it DOES cramp up. 

Comment by Dave Light on August 15, 2010 at 6:56am
At the moment, I'm suffering from a bout of right thumb tendonitis brought on by months of intensive practice on valve trombone (fortunately NOT fiddle). For the moment, I'm icing hourly, taking anti-inflammatories every four hours, and doing something called "deep friction massage" with body oil (sounds kinky, but it hurts like hell!) No playing of any kind for the past three weeks. Plastic surgeon appointment in mid-September to evaluate situation and look at possibility of cortisone injection or whatever.
Comment by Emily Wright on August 5, 2010 at 7:03am
Hey Greg: one of my sax-playing friends has trigger thumb. He had one surgery but it recurred: my instincts are 1. he didn't do proper rehab afterward (the guy is lovely but very impatient AND relies on gigging for income) and 2. he went to the cheapest surgeon he could find. Not exactly a recipe for success with delicate hand surgery. He did indicate that the surgery is repeatable, and that his new MDs advise it, what with all of the advances made in techniques over the past 15 years. Are you suffering from it?
Comment by Greg Cahill on July 9, 2010 at 10:07am
BTW/ anyone ever have a problem with the dreaded tendonitis known as Trigger Finger or Trigger Thumb? Did you go for surgery? If so, what was recovery like?
Comment by Greg Cahill on July 9, 2010 at 10:04am
Be sure to take a look at the All Things Strings community Q&A with cellist and health expert Janet Horvath:
 

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