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post Nov 20 2009, 03:30 PM
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I would say on average I play guitar around 4-5 hours a day with a schedule, but sometimes in excess of 8-10 hours. Ive been playing for 7 years and about 2 of those seriously with a schedule. I also lift weights 2-3 times a week and also use the pc a fair bit.

Just over 2 weeks ago (I cant really remember when it started) I noticed a slight pain in my right wrist when I pushed myself up from a chair, I didnt think anything of it and carried on with everything. Then a few practice sessions later I really noticed a weird pain in my wrist so I had to stop playing. I'm sure many of u know that the thought of not playing guitar for a while is just a really hard one to accept, and I hadnt really considered it but after this practice session i realised my wrist wasnt right so had to stop. I havnt played for over a week now, no weights and no use of the mouse with my right hand. The pain in my wrist isnt painful, it just twinges a little discomfort if i put it into a certain position and lets me know its still there, but i know playing on it could just make it worse. Also putting weight on it, like doing a push up on the floor is pretty much impossible so it makes me wonder if its RSI or something else like injury from weights or RSI from using the mouse.. im seeing the doctor next week, but i guess the only thing hes going to say is rest it!

Anyone had any problems with this type of thing before? how long do u think i'll be out of action? its depressing me so much cos i cant play! just want it to heal
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post Nov 20 2009, 03:44 PM
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You should rest it a while, do stretching and all that stuff. Also, be carefull how you lift weights, I have a similar problem.
Two years ago, I was doing some stupid things with my friends, I was running, and I fell and landed on my left hand, so I punched the floor with it, I really hurt my pinky, and sometimes, when I play the tendon really hurts, and when i go to the gym the pain goes worse. What I do is what I said at the beginning, just rest it a few days, strech, warm up before playing guitar and lifting weights and it goes away... Well... Sort of.
Anyway, you'll just have to wait and see what the doctors says. Sorry mate!
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post Nov 20 2009, 03:53 PM
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Sucks that our hands/wrists are so delicate yet they are the vital part of our playing!
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post Nov 20 2009, 04:50 PM
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seriously man, stop practising that much! I lifted weights and trained overall very much. I got to stop when my wrist started to hurt really bad. I've been having this injury for 2 years now. Im not sure if i can lift weights anymore, just battling to play at least 4 days a week - that is - if im lucky.
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post Nov 20 2009, 06:56 PM
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yeah, I would suggest to not practice as much until the discomfort goes away,

it's better to do it now than to face more serious problems.


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post Nov 21 2009, 12:16 PM
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Lifting weights too much can be a bit of a problem, because the strain is on the wrists. Try to keep the exercises a bit lighter.


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post Nov 23 2009, 06:02 PM
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I think you should stop lifting weights until you see the doctor and hear what he says. You are also practicing guitar a lot. You can do it but make sure that you rest enough during your sessions. At least 15 minutes each hour. Also proper warm up at start is a must.


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post Nov 23 2009, 06:29 PM
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Time for legato exercises i guees biggrin.gif
Switch the weight lifting with something more fun like gymnastics, it also gives you a nice body + u'll impress with ur acrobatics
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post Nov 23 2009, 06:48 PM
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QUOTE (Frederik @ Nov 23 2009, 05:29 PM) *
Time for legato exercises i guees biggrin.gif
Switch the weight lifting with something more fun like gymnastics, it also gives you a nice body + u'll impress with ur acrobatics


haha laugh.gif im not really sure if gymnastics is my thing tongue.gif

Yes lots of legato exercises indeed... and lots of theory! Still not cleared up tho.. hopefully the doctor will be able to sort me out tomorrow. cheers guys
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post Nov 23 2009, 06:56 PM
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This routine should be enough to get everyone going (or burried)
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post Nov 24 2009, 07:01 AM
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Maybe you're not warming up and you pick up your guitar and instantly, play fast things or licks that demands effort. Always remember to warm up or play easier things before going to more difficult things.


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post Nov 24 2009, 03:42 PM
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Well the doctor just said it was either a sprain or repetative strain injury and that the only thing was to strap it up to support the wrist, take regular ibuprofen to reduce inflamation and rest it.. and unfortunatley is slow recovering so I could be out for a further few weeks! oh well could be worse...
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post Nov 25 2009, 10:52 PM
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QUOTE (bleak @ Nov 24 2009, 03:42 PM) *
Well the doctor just said it was either a sprain or repetative strain injury and that the only thing was to strap it up to support the wrist, take regular ibuprofen to reduce inflamation and rest it.. and unfortunatley is slow recovering so I could be out for a further few weeks! oh well could be worse...


Sorry to hear that... You should rest it a bit, take the time to read theory or do some guitar learning without the actual need to play. In a week you should already know the results and you will most likely recover, just make sure that once get back to playing - start really slow with long warm-ups.


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