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Will arthritis drastically effect my piano and harp playing?

Will arthritis drastically effect my piano and harp playing?

Any musician or : Anone who gets arthritis will larn to gradually adapt to new ays to do things. Just as ones voice changes over time and large joint and back pain affect paying an instruemtn so will had or wrist arthritis. Drastic may be too drstic a word but of course that depends upon ones tolerance for change. Change t our bodies occurs and it affect everything... ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Yes my gramps has artritis really bad but that gives him no excuse to not play catch does it?

Yes my gramps has artritis really bad but that gives him no excuse to not play catch does it?

Poor granpa: Arthritis is painful joints especially on motion. Gramps might be on medication to lessen the pain, but significant exercise can worsen the pain. It might actually prevent the ability to do the ball throwing altogether. Let gramps be the judge as he wants to be a good grandpa in your eyes, but you should not feel bad about him if he declines this activity. It is not an excuse. ...Read more

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My knee is swollen from knee arthritus after playing ball what to do?

My knee is  swollen  from knee arthritus after playing ball what to do?

Modify your exercise: Ah...The 50's. Have you tried r.I.C.E. Therapy. Rest. Which is to take it easy for a while. Apply ice every 15 minutes for the first few hours. Compress it with an ace wrap or neoprene brace and elevate the limb, like on a pillow. You can safely add Ibuprofen or naproxen, if you have no allergies and take no other meds (if you do, ask your pharmacist first). ...Read more

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A bruise appeared on my kneecap after playing ball. I also have knee arthritus.

A bruise appeared on my kneecap after playing ball. I also have knee arthritus.

Contusion : Sounds like a simple contusion from impact playing ball. Arthritis doesn't cause bruising. If you have significant swelling, loss of motion or pain, follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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I have knee arthritus can I still play sports.Should i wear knee protection?

You can play, but...: You can continue to play your sports as long as you can tolerate the pain and discomfort caused by the arthritis in your knees. If the pain becomes too bothersome, you could try corticosteroid injections or hyaluronic acid injections into the knee. Arthritis is an internal inflammation of the joint, so wearing external knee braces won't do anything to alleviate your pain or protect your knees. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop arthritis from playing the piano?

Is it possible to develop arthritis from playing the piano?

No: Studies have shown that piano playing does not increase the risk of arthritis in the hands and wrists. ...Read more

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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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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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How do I get warm fingers so when playing the piano?

How do I get warm fingers so when playing the piano?

Proper Warmup: I treat a lot of musicians. Cold hands are a common problem, with several possible causes. The best treatment is a proper warmup before beginning to play. You should do 5-10 minutes of gentle exercise using big muscles prior to sitting down to practice. This can be walking up & down steps, squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks. Don't get all sweaty, but get your pulse rate up. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more