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Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2791
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

Following on from comments in the music thread..
First though a cautionary tale - If you start to feel your fingers tingling halfway through a gig, don't ignore it but see a specialist straightaway. My doctor told me if I'd seen him straightaway (18 months ago) I might have avoided surgery for carpal tunnel relief.
This is 10 days after the op.

cts op

I've just come back from the GP who has tried to pull the scar back together a bit. Stitches are due out next monday but they may have to stay in a bit longer if the wound doesn't close up some more.

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Username: glocke

Post Number: 791
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post

hmmm...i feel tingling in my left hand and it goes numb when playing once in awhile.
Senior Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 645
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post

An ounce of prevention...
Stretch your hands/wrist before and after you play. Doing some sit-ups will help your back as well.

Senior Member
Username: groovelines

Post Number: 636
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post

I'm feeling some tingling right now and it has nothing to do with playing . . .
Best wishes with your recovery.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9855
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 4:12 pm:   Edit Post

In addition to what Vann-Di suggested, here are two things that I have found helpful. Massaging the muscles in the forearm is one; taking the free hand and squeezing the forearm muscles, working your way from the elbow down to the wrist. The other is slowly and gently doing push-ups from the knees from different angles, focusing on building strength and flexibility in the wrists.
Advanced Member
Username: chuck

Post Number: 240
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 5:31 pm:   Edit Post

A Bass players nightmare,
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 834
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 7:36 pm:   Edit Post

Stretch. Extend the affected arm, put the fingers straight, place the hand on a wall (or use your other hand), and gently stretch the wrist up (toward the back of the hand) as far as you can. This was incredibly helpful in easing the after-pains from my carpal tunnel surgery. There are also elastic band things with a pad that goes on the forearm that ease the symptoms. As far going to the Dr. immediately, do so; I didn't until I couldn't take it anymore, and it only took more 6 months of trying other treatments before they decided I needed cut (of course, it was workman's comp, so the company had their Dr.s saying it wasn't CT, the CT wasn't bad enough yet to need surgery, and wasn't their fault, anyway).
Damn, Chuck - that's ugly!


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