Forearm pain only from playing bass guitar

by roberto
(london, uk)

hello there. i regularly play bass as an amateur every day for a couple of hours.

i use the fingering technique on the right hand, and out of the blue after a 3-4 hours from the last practice session i started having pain on my right forearm only (no wrist, no hand). working in a bar pouring beers doesn't help as well, i reckon.

overnight pain doesn't seem to be diminished. if i tried to stretch the hand i clearly feel pain on the forearm. what could this be?

thank you!


Joshua Answers:

Hi Roberto.

While it may feel like it showed up out of the blue, it didn't. You had a Tendonitis dynamic LONG before you ever felt pain.

So you ask "What can it be?"

Essentially, you use your forearms a lot. Muscles get tight, and stay tight.

A Process of Inflammation eventually kicks in.

Your body compensates as long as it can until it loses, at which your feel pain. Some people suddenly feel disabling pain.

You only feel pain in your forearms, that's good. I imagine that that's a function of TOO TIGHT FOREARM muscles, irritated and unhappy, and if you take care of that now, and learn how to keep your forearms happy, it likely won't spread anywhere else.

So you're in a somewhat acute response. It hurts, it's going to hurt for a while until you do something effective about it.

It will probably go away with time and rest, but as you're going to keep playing guitar, pouring beer, brushing your teeth, etc....

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Oct 01, 2010
Cortisone shots
by: Aldo

Are cortisone shots good to reduce tendonitis in a short term along with therapy, good supplements and good diet?


Joshua Comments:

Corticosteroid Injections reduce pain, and may or may not decrease the Process of Inflammation in place.

Some people get the shot, their pain decreases, and then they go about their business. The problem there is that they are hurting themselves more but can't feel it.

SO that's no good.

And some people get the shot and pain goes up or doesn't change at all.

So yes, potentially yes the shot and good therapy and good diet and nutrition etc, will do the trick.

It just all depends on how your body responds to the corticosteroid injection. The injection won't fix anything, but it may reduce pain levels, and allow you to focus on effective aspects of treatment to 'fix' the problem while experiencing reduced pain symptoms.

Then again, the injection may make things hurt worse, or not reduce pain levels at all.

What you definitely want to stay away from is, if the corticosteroid reduces pain levels, using your hands a lot and causing more problem (which you'll feel when the shot wears off).

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