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Posted by A.M. on July 04, 2000 at 06:52:13:


I play the guitar about 10 hours every day. Every morning I wake up and my forefinger hurts so bad I find
it hard to move for about ten minutes. Sometimes the pain lasts longer but it's tolerable usually after the
first 10 minutes or so. It was recently brought to my attention that CTS is something I should be worried
about. By what I've read, it seems to me that this is a problem concerning the wrists, not the fingers.

I was wondering if anyone knows if pain in the fingers such as I've described could lead to carpal tunnel
syndrome? Is this something I should be concerned about? Does straining the fingers lead to CTS? If
so, what are my options? Is there any way to prevent this? All the articles I've found on the internet are
concerning mainly how to prevent it when you're typing on your keyboard? What about guitar playing?
I've heard of others practicing for many hours a day, and I'm just wondering how worried should I be? What
are the chances of me getting this? *Is* it preventable?

People have told me simply, just don't play so
much guitar. But I was wondering if there was perhaps any other way to play it safe without having to
cut back on my playing significantly?


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