Palm, Ring-finger, and pinky pain from playing bass guitar

by Nick B
(Salisbury, NC)

I am 21 years old and I have been playing bass very heavily for four years now.

A few days ago, I woke to have some stiffness and soreness in my palm, ring-finger, and pinky of my fretting hand. We had a small gig that night and it was one of the most painful experiences of my life.

The next morning, the pain was twice as intense. My band has some VERY big gigs coming up. What is happening?

A few other notes, using my right hand to move my fingers of my left hand, I feel no pain. But if I "tell" my left hand to move, that is when I feel the pain.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Nick.

What's happening?

1. Lots of repetitive motion.

2. Causes muscles to get too tight and tissue to get irritated.

3. Probably leaves you Magnesium deficient to some degree. See Magnesium for Tendonitis

4. Process of Inflammation, and lots of it. That's the 'stiff' feeling, and the intense pain.

Were I you I would learn How To Reduce Inflammation, and do that as much as possible until the pain dies down, then some more to keep it down, especially if you keep active on the Guitar.

5. The slowly/quickly progressing dynamic of

That's not the whole story, of course, but it's a start.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

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

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