Guitarist Tendonitis With Uncomfortable Burning Sensation In My Wrist and Lower Arm

by Ruben Salas

Dear Joshua:

My name is Ruben Salas and I am pretty much desperate.

Music is my passion and I am a guitarist. 4 months ago after starting a new band I developed some tolerable pain on my right wrist that extended from there all the way to my elbow. I stop playing for few days and I was fine.

Afterwards I started getting the pain more often, so I started warming up before playing, taking breaks every 20 min, etc. and the pain ceased.

Now is when things got ugly, the pain came back, this time bothers me a lot, and everytime I pick the guitar up my wrist and muscles up to my elbow get inflamed so I can't play at all.

I started applying hot and cold and took time off from guitar but I still have sn uncomfortable burning sensation on my wrist and muscles of my lower arm, also everytime I move that wrist my bones crack...

I'm very frustrated and I don't know what to do, I've gone to two doctors and it hasn't helped...

What do you recommend me?

Thank you very much for your time and consideration, have a wonderful day.


Joshua Answers:

Hello Reuben.

I think you should get The Tennis Elbow Treatment That Works. It deals with what you need dealt with.

Whether you get that or not, start Ice Dipping RIGHT NOW as I describe on the How To Reduce Inflammation page. Except you want to do AS MANY DIPS AS POSSIBLE every day for 7 days. The more motivated you are to get out of pain, the more you will ice dip.

You have a chronic, acute Process of Inflammation in place.

Also, it's very likely that you are Magnesium deficient. Check out Magnesium for Tendonitis and make sure to read the Magnesium Dosage page you'll see a link to at the bottom of the page.

That's for oral magnesium. It's worth it for you to try Magnesium Oil from Mercola. It's the best and least expensive you'll find, and some people get amazing results from it. It's worth a shot.

Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency. Might as well get your B6 levels up.

And of course read about Tendonitis and the Pain Causing Dynamic.

I know that's a lot of 'do this' without a whole lot of explanation, but first things first.


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Mar 04, 2014
Burning in the back of my hand when playing guitar for a while
by: Harry

The back of my hand will burn and when playing after a while....and when playing certain scales my fingers wont move where i want them to.

Sometimes when sliding a bar cordit will feel like a rubberband snapping.back in my band. I took yrs off from playing guitar..tried to play every now and then and its still occcuring..


Joshua Comments:

Hi Harry.

The above conversation is relevant, as is the links below.

Relevant: Indifferent Results And Burnign Pain After Icing For Guitar Tendonitis

Relevant: Classical Guitar Right Hand Pain Radiating Pain

Relevant: Wrist Tendonitis Guitar Player Fretting Hand

Dec 20, 2009
PART 2 - THANK YOU! - Guitarist Tendonitis With Uncomfortable Burning Sensation In My Wrist and Lower Arm
by: Ruben Salas

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question.

Your advise has been so helpful and once again I am very thankful about what you are doing for me.

I have been ice dipping my arm since I read your page (4 days already) and the process of inflammation has reduced to a point that the pain is almost gone.

Today I picked the guitar for the first time after 2 weeks of taking a break from playing, as usual I warmed up and stretched my arms before playing and as well I played with good posture, but unfortunately I feel like the pain and difficulty to play is coming back, but good news, it does not bother my elbow anymore, it is around my wrist only this time.

I am very worried since I am preparing myself for touring (as a guitarist) next year, I have a busy practice and recording schedule starting tomorrow, songs need to be written, practiced, recorded, & performed and at the moment I think I wouldnt be able to make it, so I will follow your advise, I will keep ice dipping, I will get the magnesium oil, b6 vitamins as well as your dvd, but now I am guessing I should get the one for carpal tunnel, shouldnt I? Since the elbow pain so far is gone... I hope so at least.

Thank you very much for being so kind and helpful. I wish you the best always! Have a wonderful day/night my friend!


Joshua Comments:

You're welcome!

And you're doing the work, and that's how you get results. Rock on!

Nope, get the Tennis Elbow DVD. It's the closest to what you need as a guitar player. We'll adjust it just a little once you get into it.

Ice Dipping itself isn't a cure, but it IS how to drop pain levels significantly. Depending on what you have going on, that will be enough to help your body keep the pain away for some amount of time.

But it usually works just like you said. Ice Dipping enough makes the pain go away, but more structure use irritates the existing physcial pain dynamic.

Easy as pie. It just takes some of the RIGHT work. If you were touring next week, I'd be worried, but it sounds like we have some time.

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