Drummer Tendonitis, when bend wrist back feels like its going to break

by Rob

I have been a drummer for years, as well as a computer programmer.

I have had arm issues in the past but here lately I have been having bad pain in the top right of my right hand.

When I get off the floor and push my hand backward kind of like doing a pushup, or put any backwards pressure on it at all it feels like it is going to break.

My pinki finger also tingles and goes numb.

Do you have any idea of what this could be?

Thank you very much for your time and help.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Rob.

So let's see....you spend countless hours banging on keyboards and drums.

Every time you contract a muscle, you retain a little tiny bit of that contraction. So things get tighter and tighter over time.

That's part of the Pain Causing Dynamic aspect of developing Tendonitis.

You say 'it feels like my wrist is going to break when I bend it backwards'.

Probably it won't, but if the connective tissue and the muscles on the palm side of the forearm, whose tendons cross the joint and connect to wrist and fingers are TOO TIGHT then they're also TOO SHORT. Thus, you bend your wrist back and your joint gets compressed.

Something like that.

Numbness on the pinky finger side is either coming from the forearm (possibly the carpal tunnel but that's not so likely) or up at the neck.

Same thing, too tight muscles and connective tissue compress the nerve.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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