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Can playing musical instruments cause carpal tunnel?

Can playing musical instruments cause carpal tunnel?

Very Possibly: Carpel tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve via the flexor retinaculum. Any continued use of the wrist may cause compression of the median nerve. Piano, violin, and drumming are all examples how a musician could potentially experience carpel tunnel. It is characterized by numbness in the first two fingers and thumb along with wasting of the muscles on the palm side by the thumb. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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What can cause recurring wrist pain for someone who plays three instruments? Is carpal tunnel a possibility or injury? There is no swelling.

What can cause recurring wrist pain for someone who plays three instruments? Is carpal tunnel a possibility or injury? There is no swelling.

Depends on symptoms: and findings. First find out what the problem is (exam required possibly an x-ray or EMG-NCS then address the problem. It matters what you play and how you play it. (guitar, triangle, contrabassoon, harp ?) Ergonomics, overuse, anatomic issues are taken into consideration. For more information re: the diagnosis and management of neurologic problems of musicians. www.healthtap.com/drericweisman ...Read more

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Can you get carpal tunnel from playing an instrument?

Can you get carpal tunnel from playing an instrument?

Debatable: Most people who develop carpal tunnel syndrome are probably genetically predisposed to the condition, while others develop the condition in response to other underling conditions (pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Typing, playing musical instruments and other similar functional activities may not cause cts, rather aggravate it (make it worse). The debate is not over... ...Read more

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Can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome by learning to play an instrument?

Can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome by learning to play an instrument?

No: Motion and use do not "prevent" carpal tunnel... And they may not necessarily worsen the symptoms either. Weight control, smoking cessation and good nutrition are important lifestyle issues that can prevent problmes. ...Read more

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Can you get carpel tunnel syndrome from playing musical instruments? Which instruments to avoid?

Yes: Yes playing instruments can certainly aggravate or cause carpal tunnel syndrome. I see this in guitarists, drummers, pianists and any other instrument that requires awkward positioning of the wrist in a flexed position or extended position. these positions cause pressure elevated within the tunnel worsening symptoms and causing more pressure on the nerve. for more info check out musician hand.com ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the piano?

CTS: Yes. Anything that can lead to flexortenosynovitis (swelling about the flexor tendons) could potentially lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Can you develop carpal tunnel from playing the piano?

Can you develop carpal tunnel from playing the piano?

CTS: Perhaps, but prove that you caused it and not from something else it..Thus the problem need a huge randomized blinded study or huge multifactorial longitudinal study to figure it out. Most musicians have a ong history of proper mechanics and posture and don't typically cause carpal tunnel, just happen to get it like everyone else. We all use our hands. Thus hand activity of one type is common. ...Read more

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Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the piano also?

Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the piano also?

Less common: Repetitive flexion/extension of the wrist may be encountered with a piano, but, as i understand it, this represents the non-preferred way of playing the piano, but see no reason it could not occur otherwise. ...Read more

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Could I have gotten cpt/carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the piano?

Most who play piano : Do not get carpal tunnel. I think it is because most learn proper mechanics and technique. Centruries of piano players have helped refine what i needed to be successful. While one can develop carpal tunnel and be someone who plays piano , piano is likley not the cause. ...Read more

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