Pinkie Pain From Playing Guitar

by Brian

Hi. I've been playing guitar, almost daily for 40 years. A couple of weeks ago I practiced and performed a song utilizing pinkie chords - D4, C9, Asus4. I probably played the song for 6 hours over 4 days.

On the 5th day, when I woke up, my pinkie felt like it had been broken. Extreme pain and sensitivity to touch. I googled pinkie guitar pain and found this site.

I've had some wrist pain and weakness that would come and go during the past 5 years, but nothing like the pinkie pain I had the other day. The pinkie pain has mostly subsided, but I'm concerned it might return, or that something's damaged.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Brian.

Well, it's good to know this sites' found for pinkie guitar pain! :)

Well. As far as the comes and goes symptoms over the last 5 years, that sounds like the common occurrence and progression of the tendonitis dynamic.

Tendonitis can show up most anywhere in the body.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

The Pain Causing Dynamic causes things to get a little worse, then a little more worse, ongoingly. Your body tries to compensate, and sometimes wins, sometimes loses.

Then you push your pinkie for several days, the already strained structure (shoulder, upper arm, forearm, hand, fingers), can't perform the work, gets pushed past it's limit. Something has to take the load.

So while it's possible that you actually damaged something, I suspect it's more a case of IRRITATION, and now your nervous system is doing it's best to protect you from future damage.

Good news/bad news, it does that by creating more pain.

Do you know How To Reduce Inflammation? If not, check it out.

Also this page where I describe how I dealt with a (my) thumb ligament injury will apply to you.

Acute Thumb Injury Treatment

I suggest you do what I did, but also IceDip both forearms too, to beneficially affect the entire ecology of your lower arms.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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