20 year old drummer with newly diagnosed tendinitis in wrists on both sides.
by Lyle Purdy
I have recently been diagnosed with tendinitis of the wrists on both sides.
The pain started coming on about month ago and a little over a week ago a consulted a doctor who made the diagnosis.
I am a drummer which I'm sure is all If not most of the reason for my condition and I know I was playing a cconsiderable amount more when the pain first started happening.
The pain and area that is affected is on the outside part of my wrist, on the pinky side of the hand. My doctor prescribed me with some anti inflammatory drugs and gave me some excersises to do.
The pain is almost completely gone but now I have a popping noise coming from both my wrists when I move them up as if to motion a stop signal. This bothers me because I don't know if that means there is still a lot of damage in the area. I also have stoped taking the anti inflammatory drugs because of precautions I have heard about prolonged use of them.
Is there anything I can do about the popping noise in my wrists? Also I am still playing drums because I am in a band and jazz band but I am limiting my own practice time as much as possible.
1. Popping wrists do NOT mean that you are damaged. They mean that your muscles and connective tissue are too tight and compress the joint when you make that motion.
Those joints grinding on each other when you play add to the Process of Inflammation
that comes with the Pain Causing Dynamic
that people call Tendonitis
2. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen
may lower pain levels but they don't fix the problem in any way, shape, or form.
doesn't fix anything, though it does reduce new irritation to an already irritated dynamic.
3. It's INCREDIBLY unlikely that you're 'damaged'. Maybe a little microscopic wear and tear. Note I said -microscopic-. No big deal. It's the body's response you have to worry about..a downward spiral of increasing tightness and inflammation.
4. If your Symptoms of Tendonitis
are new, that's good news. It will take less time and effort to reverse.
5. I don't know that you need to drum less, but you absolutely need to self care more until you get rid of the pain and tightness, and then find the smallest, most efficient amount of self care required to keep it away.
Do you know How To Reduce Inflammation
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