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Trying to start playing again after an injury :(

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by JimJogan, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. JimJogan


    Jan 17, 2013
    Hi all.

    I broke my Right Elbow and sethered a tendon in my right knuckle a while ago and have been having serious problems with playing at all (or if i do being in ALOT of pain after about 5-10 mins) can any people suggest any decent tracks or reps that would help build up stamina in my right arm?
    Thanks i advance peoples :)
  2. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    How long has it been since your injury ? From what you say, the healing process has not run it's course yet.

    By trying to build up stamina at this stage, you might aggravate the situation.

    Seek the advice of a doctor or physiotherapist. Tell him/her that you'd like to start playing the bass again, and get advice on what to do (or not to do) to get you safely on the road to playing again.
  3. BritFunk


    Jan 8, 2009
    My Friend,


    You will want to seek some type of physical therapy to get your range of motion and dexterity back before starting to hammer away at your bass - otherwise it will be easy to cause yourself a lot of pain, and that isn't any fun. Seek the advice of a professional and be upfront and honest about what you're wanting to do, as many times surgeons won't tell you about the rehab you need because they figure your regular family doctor will handle it. I have been there recently myself with a blown out distal bicep tendon that was surgically repaired.

    Good luck!

  4. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2008
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    Before you do anything, you need a professional diagnosis of your injurys current state.

    Go back to your GP and tell him you want Physio, and you want another examination of it to see how it has healed/or is healing with a specialist

    Unless you ask it will not be offered. Once you ask for the physio you will be put on a list. Once you ask for a re-examination you will be pit on a list.
    Do not take no for an answer, tell your GP you want to see a specialist.
    Your GP is a General Practitioner, not a surgeon, not a nerve specialist, so not a neurosurgeon.
    A neurosurgeon will determine if it is just tissue damage that needs time to heal, or if any nerves are damaged.
    If you have nerve damage then it need to be corrected the best it can so you can function normally.
    If not then you will have an understanding of the limits you face when using your hand/arm. Depending on your age you need to en-sure that the injury does not deteriate as you get older and become more than it should.

    Time is the healer, correct diagnosis helps manage that time, physio will get you the most out of that time.
  5. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    are you serious????:confused:
  6. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    I feel for you. I have a screw in my right wrist. What I did during the post surgery time probably isn't what's recommended but here it goes.

    I did 3 sessions of PT (Physical Therapy) a week and the at home exercises. When I didn't feel like I needed the Vicodin anymore I took off the brace and practiced until my wrist started to hurt again and put the brace back on.

    Since the injury was to my plucking hand I think actually practicing and moving the wrist actually helped get mobility back.

    I've fractured my left wrist once and my right twice. Once I went back for a check up a few years later and the measured my range of motion there was only one degree of difference between the wrists.

    It's been a few years and I've been back on my feet again (so to speak) for a while now with no pain. We'll just see how it goes when I get older.

    I know both Chris Poland and Robertino Pagliari from Ohm have both come back from severe hand injuries with nerve damage and both have good careers so it can be done.

    You probably feel like crap and a little hopeless right now and that's to be expected. I actually remember breaking down and crying because I couldn't make myself breakfast one morning. Keep your head up it will get better.

    Rev J