Guitar Can Be Detrimental To You're Health..not Too Seriously Tho I Dont Think :-), Doc orders 2weeks of no guitar
whammysam
Mar 4 2008, 12:20 AM
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Hi folks, just thought I'd share my experience with you. Since a couple of months back, I started playing guitar regularly, after a long time of not playing at all. After a couple of weeks practicing, at about 1/half- 2hrs a day, I noticed numbness developing in my left forearm and thumb/index finger. I wasnt sure what could have brought it on, but never would have associated it with playing guitar.(I was worried it was a heart thing) Finally I got around to speaking with the doctor, he said I have irritation/impingement on the radial nerve, more specifically its the superficial branch of the radial nerve, (don't ask me, its doctor talk blink.gif ) by overuse of the muscles that wrap over and around it.. Bottom line.. NO GUITAR FOR TWO WEEKS! sad.gif I work in a physically demanding job.. Lifting heavy objects most of the day, I could never had foreseen this! I think in future I will practice slow warm ups before playing.

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shellshock1911
Mar 4 2008, 12:22 AM
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QUOTE (whammysam @ Mar 4 2008, 12:20 AM) *
Hi folks, just thought I'd share my experience with you. Since a couple of months back, I started playing guitar regularly, after a long time of not playing at all. After a couple of weeks practicing, at about 1/half- 2hrs a day, I noticed numbness developing in my left forearm and thumb/index finger. I wasnt sure what could have brought it on, but never would have associated it with playing guitar.(I was worried it was a heart thing) Finally I got around to speaking with the doctor, he said I have irritation/impingement on the radial nerve, more specifically its the superficial branch of the radial nerve, (don't ask me, its doctor talk blink.gif ) by overuse of the muscles that wrap over and around it.. Bottom line.. NO GUITAR FOR TWO WEEKS! sad.gif I work in a physically demanding job.. Lifting heavy objects most of the day, I could never had foreseen this! I think in future I will practice slow warm ups before playing.


Not a bad idea. biggrin.gif

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Tuubsu
Mar 4 2008, 12:31 AM
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not a bad idea indeed... no offense man wink.gif

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The Uncreator
Mar 4 2008, 12:35 AM
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Ive suffered a serious injury myself, so have some other members on here.

Once you learn how to avoid it, and recognize the signs, Its A LOT less common wink.gif

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Bogdan Radovic
Mar 4 2008, 12:49 AM
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It can be potentially dangerous as any other "sport" would be without proper warm up...I hope you will recover soon!!

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