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A joint hurts

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by lloccmttocs, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. One of the joints in my middle finger has a slight pain when I put pressure on it, it's on my left hand. Nothing serious amounts of pain, more like a slight pinch. Is there anything I can do to work this pain and should I not play while my finger is in this condition of fear of worsening it?
  2. Do you always stretch before you play?

    I would take a few days off playing and be sure to stretch it a little to keep it loose. The worst thing to do is to keep playing through pain, as it is your body's way of telling you that you need a break. When I get pain in my arms or hands, I use a product called Tiger Balm. It's an herbal analgesic balm that really helps a lot.
  3. PaulCannon


    Jan 24, 2002
    Frankfurt, Germany
    NS Design Endorsing Artist
    Take it easy for a few days, maybe focus on right hand stuff. If it still hurts by the end of the week, consider seeing a doctor about it. It's probably nothing.
  4. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Go and see an orthopedic surgeon, to start with. Once you are clear from that, go to a rehabilitation doctor or a chiropractor. I am suffering a trauma right now and I know what needs to be done (profession related)
  5. Have you tried acupuncture?
  6. CT DB

    CT DB

    Apr 27, 2007
    Fairfield Cty, CT
    A chiropractor will be able to tell you if something is wrong, and either treat it or point you in the right direction. I would say seeing an orthopedic surgeon first is a bit of overkill for some minor pain.

    As a matter of disclosure, I am a chiropractor.
  7. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Thank you for the disclosure. Not all chiropractors are as honest as you. Pick one out of the phone book and they will likely tell you that one of your legs is shorter than the other and you need 18 months of spinal manipulation.

    Proceed cautiously. Ask around for someone you can trust. If you have a relationship with a family Dr. that may be a good place to start.

    No offense intended.
  8. CT DB

    CT DB

    Apr 27, 2007
    Fairfield Cty, CT
    Sadly, its true. A few bad apples are enough to tarnish the reputation of a whole profession.

    lloccmttocs, if you need help finding someone, email me, I may be able to make a recommendation in CT.
  9. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    I would suggest seeing a Orthopedist, specifically, a hand specialist.
    No disrespect to chiropractors, but Orthopedic hand specialist have diagnostic tools(MRIs and Xrays) and anti-inflammatory drugs at their disposal as well as the ability to prescribe physical therapy should that be necessary. They are also experts at soft tissue issues. To me, that makes more sense.
  10. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    It's probably nothing, but I suggest over reacting to hand pain if you're a bassist. If you have a family doctor who you can go to and health insurance, sit down with him or her and say "this is a problem to me because I am a bassist and I want to do whatever we need to to make sure that it doesn't become a bigger problem and keep me from playing." If he or she doesn't know you well, make it clear to them that you are not there for pain medicine, because they might assume you are, but just make it clear to them that you are determined to get better, but need their help.

    Ask them what diagnositics they feel are appropriate, should you see a specialist? Anti-inflamatories? Physical Therapy? What?

    Stay active in your care and keep them working for you.

    Maybe that leads you to a Chiropractor or a Surgeon or a Physical Therapist or who knows, but it's a good place to start. It's also good to have someone to go back to and say "That didn't work for me. What else can we try?"

    A single joint pain, probably not too much to it, but get ahead of it before it gets worse.

    Also, talk to your teaher. Bassist have to really watch any pain like this. They will be attentive and concerned.

  11. Actually come to think of it, I think it's just me collapsing my finger too much. It doesn't hurt nearly as much now. I've only been collapsing it lately because my teacher said a little collapsing on lyrical vibratos never hurted. Funny how it ended up hurting. I think I took it too far thought, oh well. If the problem persists I'll deffinately look into a doctor.

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