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Wrist pain

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by PeaveyTNT, Jan 13, 2003.


  1. PeaveyTNT

    PeaveyTNT Banned

    Jul 21, 2002
    USA
    My right wrist is killing me, I am right handed but don't have alot of alone time so don't get any wierd ideas!

    I play guitar and bass for atleast 2 hours every day and am on the computer for about 4 hours a day, one of those hours is spent in constant typing in Key Boarding class.

    The pain isn't as bad in my left as it is in my right, but it is there.

    I am thinking about getting a magnet bracelet so blood flow will improve, but I have heard mixed reviews about those. I am only 15 and I wouldn't think that this is normal for my age group.

    Any ideas about how I may make my life easier and less painful?
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    See a doctor, ASAP. Repetitive Stress Injury is not something that will just go away. And it sounds as if you may have some form of RSI.
     
  3. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    And that means, NOW.:mad: ;)
     
  4. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I got half way through your first line and was going to suggest that if you don't stop it you'll go blind!

    However, on a serious note, I suggest you do exactly as embellisher says - go see a doc. RSI is very serious and very painful - and I don't believe it is curable. Prevention is the only thing you can do.


    I hope that you're OK, or if damage is done, it's been caught in time!:)
     
  5. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Some form of wrist-ache may well be normal for your age group :D

    (Sorry, couldn't resist...)
     
  6. jcadmus

    jcadmus

    Apr 2, 2000
    Good article on this in Bassplayer this month.

    You should read it.

    And go see a doctor.
     
  7. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    i am going thru carpal tunnel myself at the moment. my doctor prescribed a brace that keeps my wrist in a position that keeps pressure off ofthe ulnar nerve (the nerve that runs down the inside of your arm and controls your pinky, ring finger, and part of your middle finger.)

    I wear it most of the time, tho it is probably most important to wear it when sleeping since you cannot control your wrist motion when asleep.

    my doctor told me that i can play with the brace on and i quote " unless you play like victor wooten you should be o.k."
    obviously you should go see a doctor... but the brce seems to be helping me.

    that and i guess i am not practicing as much as usual. saving my strength for gigs.
     
  8. yoshi

    yoshi

    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    First off go see a doc' like the other suggested :)

    Secondly, it could be growing pains, if your wrist isnt fully developed yet.

    I dont really get how the bracelet will be a benefit, other to the person you buy it from. Sorry to come accross as sceptical or a 'none-beiliver' (hiss ;) ).
     
  9. PeaveyTNT

    PeaveyTNT Banned

    Jul 21, 2002
    USA
    hhhmmm... i guess i am gonna have bad wrists later in life, i will not cut back on my playing time, and am a pc junkie...*Starts speaking in newbish* I R SCRE\/\/ED!!!!!111!111!!!111!1!1
     
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    But a doctor can help you, if it is indeed RSI. Braces for your wrists, and maybe a slight modification of your technique.
     
  11. Petebass

    Petebass

    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Correct me if I'm wrong but your right hand is the hand that operates the mouse?

    I had this same problem so I went to see my physiotherapist (my girlfriend's mum), and I quote "I don't even own a computer but they make me a fortune......." It's a common injury but it's often incorrectly diagnosed.

    Apparently while operating the mouse, I was putting weight in the wrist which in itself isn't bad. The problem is that the wrist in cocked back while it's bearing weight. This causes all sorts of stresses on the wrist. Many of the muscles in the wrist actually have no pain receptors so you don't notice that things inside are swelling up until eventually they start putting pressure on nerves. In bad cases the pain stretches both towards the thumb (as did mine) and/or towards the elbow. Hence the often incorrect diagnosis. I thought it was RSI from slapping my bass to much as first, but I was wrong.

    The solution is to move the mouse to the left hand. It took some getting used to but it's made a huge difference. Oh and be careful not to stuff up your left wrist the same way. Try and get your wrist cocked a bit forward somehow.
     
  12. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland


    You can also buy mice (or are these ones mouses???) that you do not move with your hand, instead the track ball is on top of the moouse, and you move this with your thumb - the buttons are still there but, the wrist doesn't need to be cocked back at an angle, and the movement is through your thumb - just thought I'd mention them!


    Still - see a doctor first!
     
  13. James Eller

    James Eller

    Dec 12, 2002
    UK
    1/ See a doctor/specialist.
    2/ I had the same problem 18 months ago. I spend more time editing in protools on my computer than I do playing bass these days. The pain peaked about 18 months ago when I was on tour in colorado ( ok, no cracks about being away from my wife) - the right wrist pain was intense and flashing up to and including my shoulder. It was bad enough to see a physiotherapist who by amazing coincidence had written her thesis on the muscular/skeletal problems of bass players. She told me that the right wrist/hand uses the same muscles for mousing as it does for right hand plucking. Seems obvious now. Anyway her advice was to make sure that the right elbow is supported at all times, at the same level as the wrist, when you're using a mouse. When I got home I threw out my old desk and bought a corner unit facing into the room, which then leaves a surface either side of you, handy for resting your elbow on. It's been much, much better ever since. I've been trying to find her card, but no luck. She was in the Boulder/Denver area.
    3/ See a doctor/specialist.
    4/ See a doctor/specialist. Can I say this enough?

    Hope this helps. James.
     
  14. kishko86

    kishko86

    Jan 5, 2003
    I also have this problem when I work my wrist a lot and I dont even play bass yet! I was worried about this, between the computer and playing bass, I can just kiss my hands goodbuy when im older =( Went to the doctors about it and he just gave me some Motrin600s.
     
  15. PeaveyTNT

    PeaveyTNT Banned

    Jul 21, 2002
    USA
    I think I should go talk to my aunt, she is a nurse.

    I also seem to have a 3rd nut but lets not go there...
     
  16. Petebass

    Petebass

    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Depending on how big your nuts are, you may be able to tie one around the back so you at least look normal. That's what I do. :)