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wrist pain problems when playing bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lovenotfear, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. lovenotfear


    Aug 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    my wrist has gotton really sore and i get shooting pain alot when i am playing gigs, this has been going on the last 2 years, recently in the last 6 months, i have noticed a hard lump on the top of my wrist of my right hand, this is my plucking hand, and man it gets sore it feels almost like it is right in my nerve, have any of you experienced this or heard of this, do i need to be checked by a doctor, do any of you know what this is?
  2. Go see a Doctor. Hopefully it's nothing but you can't take the chance. Good luck! :meh:
  3. You should certainly consider seeing a Doctor about the issue you describe, pain is an indicator of a problem possibly a serious one.
    Do you play overly hard, for overly long periods or in an awkward position? Do you have a medical condition that may make your symptoms worse like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome? Have you tried warming up or stretching exercises, heat or cold before or after?
    Usually players have problems with their fretting hand not the plucking hand. You may have an old injury that has never had the chance to heal that you have continually stressed thru playing becomeing a more serious issue that the original injury.
  4. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 29, 2006
    President, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Engineer, Technician, Janitor - Reiner Amplification
    the hard lump is most likely a ganglion cyst - very common in the wrist area - have it aspirated by a doctor. i had one a few months back. in non-medical terms, it's a sack filled with the fluid that lubricates the joints - looks like brown jelly when they suck it out. gross sounding but no biggie.

  5. fridayonmymind


    May 27, 2007
    i have the same thing. i went to the doctors about a month ago, they told me it was a overuse issue and i should take IB profen (spelling?) and wear a splint they gave me. since then nothing has changed n the lump is still there
  6. 1+ Sounds like ganglian cyst---whatever, you need to go to a hand specialist. The cysts go away, but if they interfere with function---they need to go. But again---don't mess with what others think---a hand specialist is who you need to consult.
  7. lovenotfear


    Aug 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    thanks guys, i just wanted to know if i was the only one,its seems the longer gigs i play the more swollen and big its gets, thanks for your advice i will go see a doctor, you guys Rock!
  8. metron


    Sep 12, 2003
    If its your plucking hand, check your strap height. If you wear it high then I recommend lowering it. Too high tends to require an unnatural angle at the plucking hand wrist which would exacerbate or possibly cause your problem.
  9. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    Definitely go see a doctor. Pain is the body's way of telling us something is not right. Get it checked out now before it gets worse.
  10. tgrant


    Nov 7, 2005
    Middletown, VA
    It sounds like a Ganglion Cyst but, most important go to a specialist. I've had one and went to a family type doctor and ended up wasting a lot of time and money with a physical therapist and both had no clue what was going on. Then I went to a specialist and he knew what it was in less than a minute. He drained it and I went back and worked on my technique. I'm not having any trouble so far and that was two years ago.

    Good luck!
  11. lovenotfear


    Aug 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    thanks for all of your advise, i will go see a doctor for sure next week, so i can get a referral to see the specialist (darn hmo's), also i think you might be on to something metron, i do play with the bass high, i have played like that for many years, i will try lowering it, and see if that helps, also it might not help that i am an I.T. technition for a living, i am always using a mouse and keyboard, maybe another thing i will do is wear a wrist splint to work to give my right hand a break
  12. BadBassPlayer


    Feb 18, 2008
    you could always get those mousepads with the soft gel for your wrist. im having the same problem too, i just have to stop using the pc and find other things to do.
  13. metron


    Sep 12, 2003
    The high strap setting is likely exacerbating the problem then because your right wrist goes through a lot of tension at an angle when you play that way. Adjust your strap to where your right wrist is straight. Should be right about in the middle. The left wrist should be straight for the most part as well. It will take some getting used to but its worth it. These types of issues can be a one way road...

    I am experiencing what I believe to be very early stages of mild arthritis in my left pinky very likely due to bad double bass technique. Im trying to adjust my technique now but some damage has been done. Only thing to do is keep it from getting worse. Good luck!
  14. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution, Ampeg distribution
  15. Fretlessboy


    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    good one Roger..thanks
  16. bigsnack


    Aug 24, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I find that constant mousing can definitely aggravate my right wrist. I really look forward to days where I don't have to be hunched over my laptop at work! Many years ago I developed a ganglion cyst on my left hand, due to wearing an uncomfortable watch. Out of frustration with the soreness that it was causing, one day I shouted to myself and bit it! I know it sounds ridiculous, but after a distinct "CRUNCH!" the cyst deflated over the course of two days, and it has been fine ever since :)
  17. lovenotfear


    Aug 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    Thanks again everyone, my wrist is never strait when i play come to think of it, i tried playing with the strap lower one time just for looks,its looks more rock they say, anyway it felt wierd, but maybe i need to make myself do it and get used to it, its justso much easier when playing slap to have the bass high on the strap, again thank you everyone, and also i will take your advice and tell my employer to buy me a gel pad for my mouse.:)
  18. VanWhalen


    Feb 16, 2008
    Worcester MA
    I ignored feelings of numbness and the occasional shooting pains for a while. I figured it was just me not being in shape and not enough playing. (Guitarist wouldn't shut up about stretching and eating bananas) But being in 2+ bands and playing all the time now I decided I Should get them checked. Wadda ya know severe carpal tunnel in right and not so severe in left. Just had the right wrist done a couple weeks ago and it feels great now. Same here also I work with PC all the time always worked jobs with alot of hands on work. I would get checked for sure. Surgery for me was quick and it is healing up pretty quick. Hell I'm asking Santa for surgery on the left one this Xmas.
    Good luck with that man!
  19. lovenotfear


    Aug 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    i play four gigs a week and am afraid if i get sugery i might have to take some time off, but i should anyway or it could get really bad later, i also forgot to mention not only do i have the lump on top of my right wrist but unneath my wrist it has been swollen for at least 3 years, and at times i'll lets say be laying down on the floor, i'll go to push myself up with my right wrist, and i get a sharp pain, almost like my wrist is going to give out on me, anyway, everytime i go to the hmo doctor (nurse practitioner that's who they always give me) they just give me ib proferen and tell me to put an ice pack on it, next time i will demand they give me a referral to the specialist, i need a real doctor dangit!! one that works on this kind of issue., anyway thanks a ton guys :)
  20. metron


    Sep 12, 2003
    If you are going "rock n roll" low then it will be bad for the other wrist. Now that you mention it, you are right slapping is easier when the bass high since your arm is more parallel with the strings. I dunno, do what will work for you.

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