20 year old drummer with newly diagnosed tendinitis in wrists on both sides.

by Lyle Purdy
(Imperal M.O.)

I have recently been diagnosed with tendinitis of the wrists on both sides.

The pain started coming on about month ago and a little over a week ago a consulted a doctor who made the diagnosis.

I am a drummer which I'm sure is all If not most of the reason for my condition and I know I was playing a cconsiderable amount more when the pain first started happening.

The pain and area that is affected is on the outside part of my wrist, on the pinky side of the hand. My doctor prescribed me with some anti inflammatory drugs and gave me some excersises to do.

The pain is almost completely gone but now I have a popping noise coming from both my wrists when I move them up as if to motion a stop signal. This bothers me because I don't know if that means there is still a lot of damage in the area. I also have stoped taking the anti inflammatory drugs because of precautions I have heard about prolonged use of them.

Is there anything I can do about the popping noise in my wrists? Also I am still playing drums because I am in a band and jazz band but I am limiting my own practice time as much as possible.

Thank you


Joshua Answers:

Hey Lyle.

1. Popping wrists do NOT mean that you are damaged. They mean that your muscles and connective tissue are too tight and compress the joint when you make that motion.

Those joints grinding on each other when you play add to the Process of Inflammation that comes with the Pain Causing Dynamic that people call Tendonitis

2. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen may lower pain levels but they don't fix the problem in any way, shape, or form.

Also, Rest doesn't fix anything, though it does reduce new irritation to an already irritated dynamic.

3. It's INCREDIBLY unlikely that you're 'damaged'. Maybe a little microscopic wear and tear. Note I said -microscopic-. No big deal. It's the body's response you have to worry about..a downward spiral of increasing tightness and inflammation.

4. If your Symptoms of Tendonitis are new, that's good news. It will take less time and effort to reverse.

5. I don't know that you need to drum less, but you absolutely need to self care more until you get rid of the pain and tightness, and then find the smallest, most efficient amount of self care required to keep it away.

Do you know How To Reduce Inflammation?

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Nov 01, 2011
21 year old drummer
by: Anonymous

Yes I downloaded your reversing tendonitis e book and have been following it closely along with weekly physical rehabilitation suggested by my doctor. The pain I was experiencing is considerably better although I still have the popping going on with the same wrist motion.

I've also been taking MSM for the supposed benefits that it gives for tendonitis. Is there any other advice that you can give to lessen the popping in my wrists? It has now been about 4 months since the start of my condition.


Joshua Answers:

I'm curious how closely you're following my ebook.

Tell me exactly what you're doing. How much, and how often.

Jul 28, 2012
Wrist Tendonitis and Drumming
by: Maia

Is it common for drummers to get tendonitis in the wrist area? I am a drummer and a couple weeks ago I started feeling a sharp pain and soreness in my right wrist.

While I was reading this page I realized that I had most of the symptoms for tendonitis. I didnt know what it was at first, but I did notice that whenever I rubbed the area it felt better.

Is there any warm-ups or exercises that I could do to help with my Wrist Tendontitis? Since I am a drummer and I do repetetive movements often, do you think the tendonitis will go away?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Maia.

Do I think your tendonitis will go away all by itself if you continue to do the things you do.

Not likely. The way the Pain Causing Dynamic works, it really only goes one direction, quickly or slowly, unless you do something about it.

Tendonitis is predictable. If you rub it and it feels better, there's reasons for that. Keep at it.

See: What Is Tendonitis

And learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

I don't know specifically how common it is for drummers to get Wrist Tendonitis, as opposed to, say, Tennis Elbow, but it's thoroughly unsurprising.

Repetitive use, poor nutrition, little to no self care, etc. Drummers are athletes, and you need to take care of your body. And learn how to fix tendonitis so you can make the pain go away and keep it away.

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