Anyone deal with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Flat Bass, Feb 11, 2003.

  1. Flat Bass

    Flat Bass

    Dec 8, 2002
    My wrist has been bothering me off and on for years but here recently has been really bothered me. Any suggestions advice? I think it might be flared up because my amp blew up and I have been having to play throught the PA without a rig which I have to play twice as hard. What do you guys think? :bawl:
  2. :bag: :bassist:

    These things kick!

    Uh..CTS is related to how steeply you bend your wrists, not necessarily the pressure applied when playing.
  3. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    This should be either in Misc/Off Topic

    But anyways... if you are having problems.. go see a doctor and see how they can prevent those problems

    It might not just be the bass playing thats getting you the CTS.

    1) What kinda job do you do?

    2) Do you use the computer alot?

    3) Do you stretch?

    4) Do you have any bad habits??

    All these factors can come in place

    1) What Kinda Job do you do? Do you work in an office place? Do you use any computers? Do you carry heavy boxes? Always remember to not strain your wrist in any case.

    2) Same deal as number one... when you type on your keyboard, make sure your typing it like your playing a piano... always keep your hands curled when you type. and never rest your wrists on the keyboard unless you have those pad thingies..

    3) Do you stretch before you play bass? this is definitely a great way to watch for your CTS. Take your left hand and put it out like your saying "STOP!" and then with your other hand, just stretch the fingers back a little bit until you feel that they are stretching and hold it back for like 5-10 seconds then after that, let go of your hand and shake it. This will get blood going through your hands again.. Repeat these steps during rehearsal or while your practicing

    4) Do you have any bad habits? as in resting your head on your hand while you lay down etc.. this creates a bend in your arm, which will limit blood flow to your hands etc.. watch out.

    One way to streghten your wrist is to do pushups.. but not the standard way, but to make a fist with your hand and then hold it out parallel.

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    then do it like that, which blood will continue to flow.

    CTS is a muscular problem so watch out! Good luck!

  4. I would beg to differ, my tendonitis (its nearly the same thing) is flaring up because I use to play with the pads of my fingers instead of the tips, which I am trying to switch over to now. I think that could be a big factor. Also, playing hard can do it over a long period of time. Also ice your wrists and arms after playing and stop whenever it starts to hurt.

    Mind you, I'm no physician, so don't take my word.
  5. Eric_J

    Eric_J Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Flower Mound, TX. USA
    My chiro helped me much more that my doctor.

    Before any surgery for Carpal-Tunnel, consult a chiro. The success rate on the surgery is not that high and a failure can be career ending.
  6. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    Here's some computer related tips that have helped me..

    Don't ever type with those little legs on the back part of the keyboards up. Doesn't do good things for your wrist. Microsoft's original ergonomic keyboards had this huge folding leg that folded in the front. That gave a really good, not to mention comfortable, feel. Sadly, they don't make them like that anymore :(

    Try not to type too hard. I have this problem and it really took its toll on my right wrist. To the point where I'm still careful with it today. I've even gone to using the mouse lefty at work and only righty at home (can't mouse lefty for games... it just doesn't work too well ;) ).
  7. There was a review on Tendicitis in the recent version of Bass Player.

    The one with that freak ryan martini/ryknow/runow/or wahtever he calls himself now on it.
  8. aleyman

    aleyman Guest

    Nov 1, 2002
    Do you guys have some symptoms you could tell me for tendonitis or carple tunnel? when im not playing slower stuff, i play a lot of Greenday and Ramones. This really puts a strain on my hands sometimes, and they start to hurt. I put ice on it when it does. Is there anything else i can do? i tried that hand stretch thing, and it actualy made my hand hurt more. did i do something wrong?
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
  10. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Here's a link to my experience, don't get too freaked - if you catch it early enough it's very treatable:


    Don't wait, get to a doc ASAP.
  11. Flat Bass

    Flat Bass

    Dec 8, 2002
    Thanks guys,

    I think something is inflamed because I have been spending alot of time on my laptop computer with my wrist resting on the front of it while I type. Big mistake I think. It is also probably from not having a bass rig to play through for the past two months and having to play through the PA which causes me to play twice as hard because I can not hear myself. I am taking anti-inflamatories and I wear the brace. If it does not calm down by next week I am going to a specialist for sure.
  12. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    If I were you, I would go ASAP