I've got a big Halloween bash to play for tomorrow night. Yesterday while working I was using a high torque drill and a rather large spade bit caught on something and it snapped my hand back and to the side so fast I had no chance to react, except to let go of it after it had already done the damage. I thought I broke my wrist at first. Turns out it is not broken and there are no torn ligaments but it is sprained pretty bad. I've been wearing a brace since and when keeping my hand straight the pain is easy to deal with. But, it is my fretting hand and the angle and twisting position my hand needs to be in to play is where it hurts the most. Ugh! Today is easier to play than yesterday and I'm hoping one more day of rest will allow me to play the gig with a somewhat tolerable pain level. I can play the most difficult passages so I haven't lost dexterity but man the pain is pretty bad in doing so. I'm doing all the usual injury routines, but does anyone have any special secrets or ideas on what works best to continue playing under these circumstances? The rest of the guys are going to do all the hauling of the gear and setting up given my situation, but anyone have any pre-gig injury ritual to help deal with this? Massage techniques, ointments, etc. to loosen it up before and during the gig? Any proven results? I'm doing the gig regardless and I know I can handle it. I just want it to go as good as possible. The show must go on and all that.