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Will Arthritis Harp Playing
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Strength-Flexibility: The best way to keep playing is to keep your range of motion as great as possible, and your bones and joints as functional as possible. Don't forget to add flexibility and strength training to your routine as much as possible. It is harder to recover from injury as you get older, and the more muscle and flexibility you have the better. A visit with a physical therapist can help. Try sports yoga. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: I have treated several professional musicians for thumb arthritis using a minimally invasive technique (arthroscopic hemitrpeziectomy) along with stem cell resurfacing of the joint with excellent success. One in particular has been playing guitar at the grande ole oprey in nashville 3 weeks after surgery. There are definitely some good options and i can give out references if you like. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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