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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-26-2006, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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What are some of the best ways to avoid getting tendonitis/carple tunnel? I've been paying close attention to my technique but some of my friends are getting bad cases of tendonitis and it's making me a bit nervous.
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Re: playing injuries/tendonitis

Well you know what they say, it makes you go blind if you do it too much.
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Just make sure you are playing with your left wrist as open as possible, not bunching it up at all.

Yeah also what ibanez2005 said
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Hahahahaha couldnt resist that one. I used to get terrible pain in mine, thankfully its cleared up now, dunno what caused it or why it stopped, although i did break my left thumb a few years back which may have something to do with it.
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I have carpal tunnel in both wrists. It sucks. If I play for more than five minutes at a time, my hands will fall asleep. My dad's hands do that too, so I guess it's structural for us. Plus, at my job I'm picking up 50 pound boxes and crates of food for 10 hours at a time, so now they hurt too. I'm having surgery in June to open the tunnels up, so I'll be out of commission for 4 to 6 weeks. God, I hope it's not that long before I can play guitar again!!
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Be sure to post about the experience, and your recovery - I also have CTS in both wrists, and am pondering the surgery...
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Take more banana
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Good luck with the surgury, the stats aren't in anyones favour usually with this kind of operation so I wish you all the best.
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Re: playing injuries/tendonitis

Yeah good luck.

I was just curious, does anyone ever get pain in the back of there left hand? (or right for left-handed players.) I've had a pain come up recently and I'm not sure where it has come from (playing guitar, typing, etc.) Maybe I slept on it? or a combination of everything?
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I had really bad pain in the top of my wrist, couldnt stretch my fingers out. Dunno why but it went.
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Re: playing injuries/tendonitis

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Take more banana
There is truth to that. Potassium is great for your joints, tendons, etc. I've been playing for 20 years now with no ill effects. Maybe I'm just lucky. I'm sure part of it has to do with your style of playing and the other heredity.

I am not a free floater. I use a base of my 4th and 5th fingers on the pickguard. Also my forearm on the body of the guitar. Maybe that has something to do with it. Dunno
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I've had the pain in the back of the left and right hands from typing and mouse work. Be careful my friend if you have these pains, it's not too pleasant. Take a break, give your self some time to recouperate and reasses how you are doing things when you are using a computer and playing a guitar.

While I can still get aches and pains from computer work I've adjusted my playing a little so it doesn't cause as many problems.
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Hi,

A few tips to avoid damage:

1> Warm up SLOWLY. This can't be repeated often enough, so WARM UP SLOWLY!

2> Play in a technically correct position. (No, hanging your guitar below the waist like Slash is NOT a correct position. It might look cool, but it is very bad for your wrists) The best position is probably the classical position. Lately I been using it again, including the footstep, and I DEFINITELY play more accurate with less strain and am able to access the fretboard better and more comfortably. If you never have tried that position, do so and you will notice how much more "accessible" your guitar will become, fretboard-wise.

3> Tendonitis is caused by systematically overstraining the muscles that control your tendons. It means that the spots where the tendons grap into the muscles get sour. The first symptom of overstraining is when your upper arm remains tense, although your not playing. A pulsating feeling may be perceived. I've had it, but not from playing itself alone, I was using a trainer, a gadget that consists out of an ergonomical grip with a spring-actioned buttons for the 4 "play fingers" that, supposedly, increases control and strenghth. It was due to this gadget in combination with stretching my hand and fingers continuously to be able to play very wide arpeggios that I quit playing for several years. I'm OK now, by the way.

Just my $0.02

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Be sure to post about the experience, and your recovery - I also have CTS in both wrists, and am pondering the surgery...
Will do. I'm having the endoscopic procedure where they just make a couple of small incisions and go under the skin to release the tendon. The doc says the recovery time is usually about 2 weeks less than the traditional surgery where they slit your wrists

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