tenosynovitis anyone?

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tenosynovitis anyone?

Postby malc laney » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:33 pm

just been diagnosed with the above, looked up on google,and got a lot of fuzz about treatment and outcome!
i do play a lot as and whilst waiting for physio would welcome ideas for how to get back my playing mojo.
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Re: tenosynovitis anyone?

Postby lagartija » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:27 pm

I am so sorry to hear about that, Malc. :(
Hybrid seems to recovering from that too. He posted a request for players to take over some gigs he had lined up due to the fact that he couldn't play.

You might find some helpful info on this condition here. If you are suffering from inflammation, you might seriously think of giving the body part in question a rest. You did not mention whether it was a wrist or finger or which hand.
In general, inflammation of tendons (or synovium) is not treated with increased activity. It is treated with rest until the inflammation is reduced.
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Postby chiral3 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:28 pm

Where's the diagnosis? Fretting hand or the picking hand? If latter, is the the ulnar?
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Postby malc laney » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:54 pm

thanks for the quick and informed response!
it is the ulna of left hand, i'm trying to rest it with an ice thing twice a day,patience is a virtue,but i think she went for a long walk!
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Postby chiral3 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:00 pm

My $0.02..

0) listen to doc
1) ice water, hot water, ice, hot,.... in large bowls. Try where you think / know any impingement might be, like at the elbow. This can be painful.
2) identify other potential sources for the issue, e.g., push-ups with bent wrist, sleeping on bent arm, etc. and remediate / avoid
3) rest and consider anti-inflammatory meds until reduced
4) do ulnar glides periodically all day
5) the usual guitar related things - warm up, relax hand, etc., etc.
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Postby malc laney » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:27 pm

thanks chiral3 i'll look up ulnar glides.
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Postby Tomzooki » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:37 pm

Jean-François Desrosby, guitar teacher at Sherbrooke university (quebec, Canada), have dealt with a Quervain tenosynovitis. You could contact him, I am sure he will be please to give you some advices.
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Postby KeMe » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:58 am

This is dreadful news, Malc.
I'm really sorry that you are having to suffer through the pain. :(
A few years ago I injured my hand trying to learn to make barr chords incorrectly, so I looked up musician's injuries on the internet. I was shocked to read some of the different musical instruments that have caused injury and some of the drastic measures that the musicians have gone to in order to continue their concert performances.
My little sprain got well by itself in a few weeks and I whined about that. I can't imagine tenosynovitis.
Do take care of it and do as the doctor says and get back to playing soon.

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Postby malc laney » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:31 pm

first physio, and reassuring [its not all over!]
massage and ultra high- frequency something.
weekly appointments.
patience is a hard virtue!
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Postby bacsidoan » Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:27 pm

If you are terribly impatient then you might want to look into iontophoresis as a method to deliver antiinflammatory drug to the affected tendon sheath.
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Postby Mikkel » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:48 pm

My girlfriend had it for a few months, a chiropractic practioneer fixed it more or less completely. She can at least practice normally now with almost no pain (she plays the clarinet). Her case was pretty bad. Maybe it'd be worth checking out?
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Postby malc laney » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:54 am

bar 15 BMV 999 prelude probably didn't help!!!
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Postby lagartija » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:45 pm

malc laney wrote:bar 15 BMV 999 prelude probably didn't help!!!

Shame on you, Malc! You are supposed to go at that stretch s-l-o-w-l-y. Not force it all at once. :contrat:
Well....maybe you can control your impatience next time. :wink:
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