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What does it mean for a wrist to be locked after playing piano?

What does it mean for a wrist to be locked after playing piano?

Stiff upper wrist?: A 'locked' joint is one that is overused and needs to rest; which playing the piano can certain lear to. Try heat; and stretching before and after your next serenade. ...Read more

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After playing piano I have the urge to stretch my wrists even though I don't move them that much, why is that?

After playing piano I have the urge to stretch my wrists even though I don't move them that much, why is that?

Swelling: The tendons that go to your fingers that move them up and down to play piano run across your wrists and connect to muscles in your forearm. The entire tendon may swell with playing so your wrists may feel tight as well as your fingers. Stretching your fingers, wrists, and forearms before and after playing is a good idea! ...Read more

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I like playing the piano but I have hypermobility in my wrists & after playing they hurt. Dr told me to strengthen my muscles, should i stop playing?

I like playing the piano but I have hypermobility in my wrists & after playing they hurt. Dr told me to strengthen my muscles, should i stop playing?

No: You said you like playing the piano, so don't stop playing. I would try and work with a physical or occupational therapist who can help strengthen the muscles of your wrists and hands. If I felt like piano playing was inherently dangerous, I'd say to stop. On the contrary, it is good for you, body and soul. Consider taking a lesson, that may help as well. ...Read more

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Inconsistent reoccurring pain in wrists. become very sensitive. i tend to lean on them & play piano. pain in middle on top & limited back/forth motion?

Inconsistent reoccurring pain in wrists. become very sensitive. i tend to lean on them & play piano. pain in middle on top & limited back/forth motion?

Overuse: This may be due to some sort of sprain or overuse syndrome. Try resting your wrists for a week. If this doesn't resolve the problem, a rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you about whether arthritis or other musculoskeletal disorder is present. ...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?

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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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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I have chronic pain in both my forearm, wrist, and hands for the last year after playing piano. No amount of rest has helped. No redness or swelling.

I have chronic pain in both my forearm, wrist, and hands for the last year after playing piano. No amount of rest has helped. No redness or swelling.

See a rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist and have the problem evaluated. It is likely to be tendinitis but an evaluation should be able to determine the exact cause and provide treatment options. ...Read more

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Can a cut to the wrist recover and be well enough to play again?

Can a cut to the wrist recover and be well enough to play again?

Yes: Of course it depends on the depth and the extent to which other structures such as tendons are injured. In general, as long as an infection does not occur, a patient can expect full recovery from a simple laceration. ...Read more

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