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Past finger injuries affecting guitar playing. Are there finger rehab exercises?

Past finger injuries affecting guitar playing. Are there finger rehab exercises?

Yes: There are finger exercises that a hand therapist can teach you to strengthen your fingers, but you should be evaluated by a hand surgeon to make sue there are no correctable injuries. ...Read more

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Golfer friend jammed thumb while playing golf, best treatment?

Golfer friend jammed thumb while playing golf, best treatment?

Thumb: This really depends on what the thumb looks like, if the skin is intact, was there contamination etc.. If there is marked swellig then please see someone. There are terminal arteries in the fingers and pressure on them can shut off blood supply resulting in possible gangrene.. ...Read more

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I get wrist and thumb pain/tingling/numbness when playing clarinet, piano, writing, typing etc. I really can't stop playing these instruments. Advice?

I get wrist and thumb pain/tingling/numbness when playing clarinet, piano, writing, typing etc. I really can't stop playing these instruments. Advice?

Carpal tunnel. Is : One of the most common peripheral entrapment nerve disorder. However more detail is needed for a potential dusgnosis. Perhaps a consult with a hand surgeon. Use of a store bought splint not too tight and over the counter. Aniinflmatory medication may help ...Read more

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What are physical therapy exercises for game keeper's thumb?

What are physical therapy exercises for game keeper's thumb?

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 more

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How to avoid carpel tunnel syndrome while playing guitar or piano?

How to avoid carpel tunnel syndrome while playing guitar or piano?

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

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Sometimes wrist and hand hurts while playing games?

Sometimes wrist and hand hurts while playing games?

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 more

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Exercises for a sprained knuckle?

Exercises for a sprained knuckle?

Sprain: As long as the diagnosis is certain then best course of action involves simple range of motion exercises. This will not only help improve flexibility but also improve swelling. ...Read more

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Could I still train for my tennis tournament with elbow tendinitis?

Could I still train for my tennis tournament with elbow tendinitis?

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

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What to do about a thumb injury while playing volleyball?

What to do about a thumb injury while playing volleyball?

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

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Could you get tennis elbow playing badminton?

Could you get tennis elbow playing badminton?

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 more

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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?

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?

Now: You have to do this with your physicians guidance. This depends how long you have had and what type of trauma you have Early you use ice but after 2 days then heat.You may need injections or even surgery ...Read more

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How to treat a swollen finger, jammed from playing basketball?

How to treat a swollen finger, jammed from playing basketball?

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 more

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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

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Can I play basketball with a sprained wrist without it hurting?

Can I play basketball with a sprained wrist without it hurting?

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

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Can you play football with wrist cast?

Can you play football with wrist cast?

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

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Pad on palm of my thumb hurts sometime after playing video games?

Pad on palm of my thumb hurts sometime after playing video games?

Very common: Slow down cowboy, you do not want to be laid off or have carpal tunnel and trigger fingers within a year or two, do u? ...Read more

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Can I use a soft physiothrpyhand exerciser ball for stiffness of wrist and hand aftr cast ,kwires removal bennet fracture?

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

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Are long fingers good to have for playing piano?

Are long fingers good to have for playing piano?

Yes: to be a concert pianist, being able to hit twelfth with no difficulty is big. They are also important for olympic swimmers. They reach farther with each stroke, so have a big advantage. ...Read more

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Past finger injuries affecting guitar playing. Are there finger rehab exercises?

Yes: There are finger exercises that a hand therapist can teach you to strengthen your fingers, but you should be evaluated by a hand surgeon to make sue there are no correctable injuries. ...Read more

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My boyfriend can't feel the right side of his pointer finger from playing guitar?

My boyfriend can't feel the right side of his pointer finger from playing guitar?

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

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The tips of my fingers hurt from so much playing guitar how do I make them heal faster?

The tips of my fingers hurt from so much playing guitar how do I make them heal faster?

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

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How long will my fingers hurt when I play guitar?

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

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How do I deal with trigger finger and still play the guitar?

How do I deal with trigger finger and still play the guitar?

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 more

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Tip of my finger feels numb after playing guitar for years (also smoked a lot)?

Tip of my finger feels numb after playing guitar for years (also smoked a lot)?

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

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Can I have my pinky finger lengthened? I want to play guitar and it makes it a nightmare

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 more

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My short fingers don't allow me to play the guitar very well. Is there any way around this?

My short fingers don't allow me to play the guitar very well. Is there any way around this?

Not surgical: Try a different instrument, practice more, or accept your not having a professional guitar career. ...Read more

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Pointer finger hurts to move after playing guitar and piano all day. Should I splint it or just leave it alone?

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

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Index finger hurts when I play guitar, what to do?

Index finger hurts when I play guitar, what to do?

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

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My index finger hurts when I play guitar. I am a pro. What drugs can I get?

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My index finger hurts when I play guitar. I am a pro. What drugs can I get?

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

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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 more

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I have numb finger tips from playing guitar hero. How long till it wears off? Will motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) help?

I have numb finger tips from playing guitar hero. How long till it wears off?  Will motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) help?

A day or so: Prolonged pressure on the tips of your fingers can result in temporary numbness. It may last a few hours to a few days. You can help hasten recovery by massaging and rubbing your finger tips. Consider taking breaks between sets in the future... ...Read more

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Are there ANY finger-lengthening exercises? I am an adult with <3" long fingers who is trying hard to learn guitar and piano.

Are there ANY finger-lengthening exercises? I am an adult with <3" long fingers who is trying hard to learn guitar and piano.

Finger lengthening: Is not possible but you may be able to learn exercises to loosen the muscles in your hands which will be helpful. Children w/very small hands play well and so can you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the way to play guitar with hypermobility?

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

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What to do if I have a clinodactyly disease can I still play the guitar?

What to do if I have a clinodactyly disease can I still play the guitar?

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

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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 more

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