CTS anyone?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by RedGrange, Dec 30, 2000.

  1. RedGrange


    Jun 11, 2000
    Springfield, IL
    I just got diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrom (forgive my spelling, I are engineer). Does anyone else out there have it? Does anyone know of anything that helps it?
  2. Laker


    Mar 23, 2000
    I experienced a bout with it a few years ago that was helped by stabilizing the wrist with a brace. I know a few people that have had severe cases where they have had the surgury on their wrists to correct the problem.

    If you go to google.com and search on carpal tunnel, you will find a lot of info.
  3. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Moved to Misc.

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
  4. who said you had it? a doctor? i have been going to a chiropracter for about a month and he has cured about 90% of it so far. most of my tingling was cure with a couple of back and wrist cracks
    i have been dealing with it for a while and now that i have gone to a chriopracter i am much happier, good luck

  5. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    If you do a search, you'll find a thread a few months back that I started about just this headache. Hopefully you caught it early, if so some simple physical therapy and modification of activities will pretty much cure it for you like it did for me.

    One of the biggest things to be aware of, and most of us aren't, is that how you sleep can effect your hands. Wearing a brace when I sleep did the most to alleviate my problem.

    Don't get too down, it can be dealt with. Good luck and keep us updated on your progress.
  6. stuie86


    May 9, 2003
    mckinney, tx
    well i did a search to post in a CTS thread, so it would go on the sence i last loged in list cuase i dident want to start my own cuase that would be silly

    ok on to my point, i think i have CTS and im going to the doctor when my dad gets back from india. but at the moment i dont know.... i pretty much just wanted to let you all know

    any advise would be great

    and you know the werid thing it didnt really hurt that bad all day, i think my hand form may be trying to change itself cuase all the pain is in the musales of my fore arm (think thats what part of the body it is) and the pains been there before when i was getting stronger (in playing)

    ... ok im rambling, but i read to far in to things so who knows.

    and sorry for confusing you and all the mispelled worded
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I've had a bout with it but Tendonitis is more of a problem for me.


    Your doctor should recommend a course of action, therapy including stretches, etc. The computer mouse is a huge problem, set it to insensitive so you have to use your whole arm to move it, and try using your non-dominant hand with it. Switch around a lot. Pay attention to how you play bass, if your wrist feels uncomfortable try another method. If you play with a pick that will be a problem. Carry your bass in a gig bag with a strap over your shoulder not in a heavy case putting the entire weight on your wrists.
  8. stuie86


    May 9, 2003
    mckinney, tx
    well thanks man

    (of course i dont mean this im just venting) but im thinking about selling off all my gear and buying a cheap car

    oh and i already use my mouse in my right hand and i do most if not all of that other stuff, but its good to know im doing things right
  9. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Try to find a doctor who is a sports medicine or musical specialist. I had a great doctor who made me bring in my bass and play it for him so he could make recommendations for me to change my technique. It was very educational, that's where I learned the tip about the gig bag, and stopped playing primarily with a pick. (I still have great pick technique, I just use it rarely) It's worth the money. I think a sports medicine doctor would be as good as a musical specialist, but if you can find a music specialist that is best.

    And don't -ever- take Tylenol for the pain. ONLY take anti-inflamatories like Aspirin, Ibuprofin, and Naproxin.
  10. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I thought CTS was only correctable via surgery?
  11. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    I haven't had CTS, but I did have a minor case of tendonitis in my left wrist a few months ago. I'm pretty sure it wasn't caused by my bass playing, but by my then new laptop. Spending hours and hours on that thing's unergonomical keyboard took its toll. I adopted the "floating wrist" technique and took it easy for a couple weeks and the inflammation went away. Haven't had any problems since.
  12. stuie86


    May 9, 2003
    mckinney, tx
    well i take ibuprofin for every thing so ill just like ya make sure thats what i take be fore i take it

    ill do that to

    and thanks again you guys:bassist:
  13. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Tylenol is ok for pain but wont help much with the inflammation, asprin(ASA) is ok too but has better antipyretic properties and can exascerbate bleeding in an injured area, NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatories) are best. Ibuprofin is preferred first because it has less gastrointestinal side effects.

  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Surgery is an absolute LAST RESORT for CTS. You never have 100% use of your hands after the surgery. A musician would do well to avoid the need for surgery. Therapy is usually effective.
  15. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    The best advice: stop playing bass and brace your wrist. Worked wonders for me after two weeks, and not being able to use my hands I worked on harmonica!
  16. stuie86


    May 9, 2003
    mckinney, tx
    tell me you went back to playing aventully..... please
  17. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Of course, have been for about two months. But harmonica is definately a cool second (or in my case, seventh instrument) to play!
  18. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Although I agree with last resort and therapy, I will have to disagree with the "never have 100%" statement. I have had CTS surgery and my hand has never been better. There is absolutely nothing I could do before that I can't do now, and I can do it better. I didn't realize the extent that CTS was hampering my bass playing ability until after the surgery; it was as if something were holding back my hand, and now my hand had been "released".
  19. stuie86


    May 9, 2003
    mckinney, tx
    good news its only tendonitis, so i wont be playing for 3 more weeks and im on perscripton(SC) anti-inflamitorys(CS)