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Doctor insights on: Sore Fingers From Playing Guitar

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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?

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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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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How long will my fingers hurt when I play guitar?

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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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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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