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Finger Exercises For Guitar Playing
I get wrist and thumb pain/tingling/numbness when playing clarinet, piano, writing, typing etc. I really can't stop playing these instruments. Advice?
Not much: Unfortunately there is not a lot of therapy for a gamekeeper or skiers thumb. If it is not severe then a period of splinting for 3 to 6 weeks can be used followed by motion exercises. If it is severe, and an orthopedist must determine that, then surgery s treatment of choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Challenging: This can be challenging because the splints we usually use are not conducive to playing your instruments. The basics are stretches and limiting practice times. Here is a website that might help: www.musicianshealth.com ...Read more
Stop playing! :): Sorry, but it was too easy to respond by saying to stop doing the thing that causes pain! seriously, if playing games (i assume video?)causes severe pain, it is likely related to overuse and irritation of nerves, tendons or muscles. Trying a different grip, the other hand or decreasing use could help. If more pain or symptoms change get checked. Do get some outdoor exercise though! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: It depends how severe it is and it depends if playing tennis exacerbates the problem. It is best to have the problem treated before resuming competitive tennis. ...Read more
Depends: Prob best to rest...But otherwise tape it correctly. ...Read more
Family practice : Yes you can. Be careful however.Get a more detailed answer ›
See your doc: Your physician can help to figure out whether the injury is bone related or soft tissue and whether a specialist is needed. ...Read more
Start with RICE: Lateral epicondylitis (aka "tennis elbow") is a common overuse injury to the elbow. In order to treat the pain, i recommend you start with rice, follow with stretching/ strengthening (therapy), & consider couterforce bracing. If these treatments fail you may be a candidate for cortisone or prp injections. Some people end up needing surgery... http://drmarkgalland.com/category/elbow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Got a spica splint,ice & nsaids for quervains tendonitis. Only feel pain when doing extensions with my thumb..When/how should i start rehab exercises?
See a doctor: Basketball injuries to the middle knuckle include simple ligament sprains, central slip (tendon-boutonneire) rupture and fracture dislocation. Unfortunately, even severe injuries could look innocuous. I personally feel it is important to have these injuries evaluated in order to rule out a more sinister injury. It could mean the difference between 3 weeks of buddy taping and surgery... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I play clarinet and piano and suffer from hand and wrist issues. Playing for even 15 minutes causes pain in wrist (and thumb for clarinet) thoughts?
Tendinitis : With your history , age and location of pain ( wrist and thumb) the most likely diagnosis is tendinitis ( specifically deQuervain's tendinitis).This is the most common tendinitis of the hand and involves the thumb extensor tendon.A physical exam by an ORS would confirm. Ibuprofen, bracing, ice massage and rest usually help. A well- placed injection can be helpful . Best of Luck! ...Read more
CAN YOU?: Try and see. May not be the smartest thing you have ever done, but who am i to say! depends on how bad it is. ...Read more
Wrist fracture: Stable fractures can often be immobilized in a cast that is padded to allow football participation. Unstable fractures however should not be subjected to contact activities for fear of further displacement or angulation. This can occur even inside a protective cast for certain injuries. Talk to your orthopedic surgeon to be sure. ...Read more
Can I use a soft physiothrpyhand exerciser ball for stiffness of wrist and hand aftr cast ,kwires removal bennet fracture?
Yes: Yes, but soft clay might be better as a ball will not allow the range of motion of your fingers to omprive ...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
Time: This is not something covered in medical school, but i can tell you as a one time guitar player myself, if you practice a lot over time finger tips will get calluses and this problem gets better. ...Read more
Variable: How long hae you played? What kind of guitar. What ever, there is no way to tell. It is different for everybody. Wait and you will see how long it takes. Each time you practice there will probably be less soreness. ...Read more
Several options...: Trigger finger occurs when the flexor tendon to the digit swells and then binds up at its entrance into the finger. Management is focused on getting the inflammation under control...Ice, antiinflammatories, and activity modification. Failing these simple interventions steroid injections, and occasionally surgery, are very effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Callus Formation: Your symptoms are likely due to callus formation - it is thickening of the skin in regions that receive repetitive use - like strumming a guitar. These areas do not have nerve endings and sensations may feel more dull then in rest of hand/fingers. Callus removal is usually done by salicyclic acid, or pumus stone. If that doesn't work, you can see a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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
Which hand?: Are you referring to your Left index finger. Pain while playing, a musical instrument of any kind that persists is not normal. It is usually due to over use of the painful finger. If the pain does not occur right away, you can play until it hurts and then stop and ice the finger for 5-10 minutes. Warm up before you play. If it persists check with your doctor or music clinic doctor(www.artsmed.org) ...Read more
Musician index pain: See a hand specialist, or physical therapist. No drug can help a physical problem caused by long term use and abuse of the finger. At least allow it some rest with some ointment of anti-inflammatory bengay, voltaren (diclofenac) if pain and swelling. It rest and ointment-cream fails, see specialist (and send me a cd of your music!). ...Read more
I injured one of the muscles in my pinky finger playing guitar. Don't know the specific one but how long does it take for it to recover?
Finger: May require 3 to 5 weeks to completely heal ...Read more
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
I have pain in my left hand, ring finger knuckle. I'm sure that some of it is related to playing guitar. Suggestions?
Pain ring finger: hello ~ yes I suppose if you use a plektrum and balance your hand on the guitar with the ring finger, that could do it. But look carefully at everything to do to see where the overuse is. Piano, other musical instruments, holding a trumpet, gardening, computer work etc. It will get better. ONE thing you MUST NOT DO, is IMMOBILISE it or strap it because that causes fingers to go stiff very quickly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have numb finger tips from playing guitar hero. How long till it wears off? Will motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) help?
"Pad" of thumb is numb and tingling in thumb/index finger. Some hand and wrist pain. When lying flat on back get pins & needles in entire lower arm (like when sleeping on it). Few days before felt shoulder pain playing guitar. Not sure what to treat.
Finger numbness: You need to see an Internist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are there ANY finger-lengthening exercises? I am an adult with <3" long fingers who is trying hard to learn guitar and piano.
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
Clinodactyly: Clinodactyly is the deviation of a finger - usually the pinky pointing to the ring finger. Therapy is generally unsuccessful as treatment, and surgery is usually required if there are functional problems. As far as guitar playing, it is unlikely to be harmful. However, the ability to play depends on the severity of the condition. ...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
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