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Does My Guitar And Bass Playing Raise My Chance For Developing Arthritis
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I have a clear, circular, and callus like bump near the tip of my right ring finger. It's painful when pressure is applied. I use this finger to pluck the strings when I play my Bass Guitar and have been for over a year now and this has never happened to
Probably not..: Playing the guitar has not been shown to be a significant risk for joint disease, unless you have tendency to develope arthritis anyway. In that case, the arthritis may come a bit earlier because of excessive use/movement of the joints that are pre-disposed to disease. If you have arthritic hands at age 39, consult doc for eval because i would not blame the guitar for it. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Hard to say: There are several potential causes and an exam can usually determine the cause. The three most common causes would be the development of arthritis in your hand, an overuse tendinitis of the tendons in the hand, or a neuroma secular problem such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more
Pointer finger hurts to move after playing guitar and piano all day. Should I splint it or just leave it alone?
Rest and ice: Pain in the joint right before the finger tip and can often develop as an overuse tendinitis. This could be seen in repetitive type motions like playing the guitar or piano. Nowadays we see this in people from "texting" over and over. The repetitive motion can micro trauma can lead to tendinitis and possibly arthritis. Rest, ice, and over the counter ibuprofen would be a good place to start. ...Read more
Can playing guitar be considered therapeutic in recovering from a mildly displaced 4th metacarpal without surgery?
Depends on age of Fx: If its less than 3 weeks, then its best you don't; as i think you might cause it to get displaced. After 5 week yes it'll help, as by then the fx has healed. Between 3-5 maybe, depending upon the fx type, degree of displacement on xrays, etc. Your treating doc would be in a better position to gauge your treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Whether one is hyper: Mobile or a stiff lump. Play. Hand size, finger size, strength, dexterity, coordination, speed, an ear, all affect playing an instrument to various degrees. "hyper mobility" is not a fixed illness just a range. Perhaps lax joints will make it harder for some things just as a stiff arthritic joint will make it harder to do something else or small or large hand will have other affects. ...Read more
Overuse neuropathy: The same thing happens with any repetitive activity. Imagine throwing 5000-10000 stitches with a needle every day, making quilts over years: those ladies have the same complaint. This overuse of the fingertips can actually damage the nerves enough to cause numbness. Staying away from the activity allows for some recovery, but then you have to decide: do you love the music or finger sensation more? ...Read more
How soon can I start playing guitar after a mildly displaced 4th metacarpal without surgery. I don't want to jeopardize proper healing.
Guitar hands: Nondisplaced 4th mc fractures are generally stable as long as you are careful. The fracture usually heals by 6 weeks. If this is your strumming hand, you are probably safe to play guitar by week 3. If the fracture is on the fretboard hand, then you will likely be too sore and stiff to play before week 4 or 5. You should generally protect the hand for 6 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubtful.: That is a very very very painful procedure to lengthen bones and may take years even. It is usually done when one leg significantly shorter than the other. I don't know your age. If you are still young, your hands could still be growing. Perhaps in the meantime, you could find an easier instrument to learn that doesn't require as long of finger stretches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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