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Re: Tendonitis NOT Arthritis
4/25/2003 6:51 PM
Tracy Hardy Johnson (17460) wrote:
Tendinitis happens in a lot of places. I got myself a dandy case last Nov/Dec. as a result of improper technique during my upright lessons (my thumbs are sort of double-jointed and my "fretting" hand thumb was bending backwards behind the neck, giving me a case of "tennis elbow"). Playing electric wasn't enough to bring on tendinitis, but once I had it, it certainly aggrevated it to the point that I had to practice for New year's Eve gig with my bass flat on a table and fretting over the top of the neck instead of reaching from underneath. I finally had a cortisone shot to shut down the inflammation.
It's all good now; I do stretching exercises before and during playing, I wear one of those tennis-elbow straps if I'm playing electric for a long stretch (i.e., during gigs), I'm careful about my hand position when practicing upright, I QUIT if it starts "zinging" there, and then I ice it down at bedtime. I also do muscle toning exercises in the form of small hand weights, lifting them very slowly to get the muscles and tendons stretched properly. All of this has helped a lot.
Which gives you no help for your fingers. Definitely iceing down anything inflammed is a big help, and unfortunately you do just have to quit playing for a while to let it heal (I had the cortisone shot about 10 days before I had to play and really played nothing during that time).
My upright teacher had the same thing happen to him quite some while back (he's primarily a cello player), but he ended up having to take a 6-month break from the bass to let everything recover.
That's my perspective.