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Posted by jean
on July 05, 2000 at 02:46:59:
In Reply to: question 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?
Anthing you do that is repetetive can lead cts. I have it in both hands and i also have what is called trigger finger. Does your finger when its straight for a long time (like when your sleepin ) get stiff and wont bend ? When you do bend it does it pop or click? This is called trigger finger and yes its cts related, As far as prventing it, anything you do for long periods of time sets you up for cts. Wether it be driving , grasping, or playing a guitar. Anting you do with your hands or fingers thats repetetive. If you could limit you playing time it will help . You dont want to get trigger fingers because even with the surgery ( which i had )Your fingers will never be the same and pain with always be present if permanent damage is done. Believe me the pain your feeling now is just the tip of the iceberge . Good luck