4 years suffering from wrist tendinitis from playing piano!!!!

by Milena
(Sacramento, CA, USA)

Hi Joshua!

Please, help me..... I am a pianist (33 y.o.)since I was 6 y.o.

Had no problems with playing the piano. I had 3 year break in playing because I moved to US. I found a job as a piano accompanist and played for a year when this happened: While playing I felt a sharp pain in my RH wrist.

I didnt go to the doctor and continued working thinking that it will heal soon but it didnt and a month later i went through Physical Therapy which didnt help.

While I was on a therapy i overused my Left Hand and got the same problem. Later on I was diagnosed with Mild Carpal Tunnel. I kept playing the piano but had more breaks.

A year later i was offered a surgery but the test for CTS came out negative so my new diagnosis was wrist tendinitis.

Treatment was : PT, Naproxen (it helped a little bit and released pain but never went away). I took a year off work to see if it gets better. In the beginning it got better but by the end of the year all daily routine works started to cause me same pain as it came from playing piano.

In 2 months I should return to work. I do not know what to do.... Why my condition didnt get better- i stopped playing the piano... but no improvements at all. Only pushing a stroller for 15 min causes me pain and burning in the palms, I sleep in wrist splints every night s for 4 years... feels better only if I wear the splints.....Icing helps for an hour.

I have done massage once a week for 3 years, It relives but doesn't treat completely. I never though took any supplements... like Magnesium,,,, but heard that Bone Broth is good for tendons.

Could you, please, help me
and say, what vitamins should I include in my diet and in what proportions.. Thank you so much!!!!!!


Joshua Answers:

Hello Milena.

Your story is a perfect example of proving my point that Rest just doesn't work in any kind of Tendonitis situation.

That's great you've been getting a massage every week. I'm curious what exactly the massage therapist is doing.

And, if you're nutritionally deficient, Magnesium for Tendonitis for example, then all the massage in the world isn't going to fix it.

I definitely suggest getting my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. It will cover nutrition and effective self care.

Also, I'm in Sacramento if you want to do a session and let me take a look at things.

But before that, QUESTIONS:

1. What exactly does your massage therapist do?

2. Do you have any numbness or tingling in the hands/fingers?

3. Where exactly is your pain? In other words, what are your exact Symptoms of Tendonitis? Details, details, details.

4. How exactly are you icing?

5. What is your Vitamin D level?

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.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Jun 13, 2011
follow up - 4 years suffering from wrist tendinitis from playing piano!!!!
by: Anonymous

Hi Joshua!

Thank you for the answer. I am out of the country now but be back in Sacramento in August and would like to know more about your session. And how can I download your e-book?

My massage therapist gave me a full body massage, but she never massaged a lot or deeply into the wrists and palms ( i asked her not tooo as it agravated the pain), so we did massage just to get more blood circulation to the hands. Though, a few years ago I had 10 sessions of massage with a massagist near San Francisco, the guy did a wonderful job, after one massage i felt relief the whole day. He knew the technique that no other massage therapists would know ( with his left hand he would push on the tendon and with the other hand he would stretch this tendon all at the same time, and also he would make conpensating muscles to work out). I couldn't afford to continue and had to stop.

For the last 2 days I have been icing, i took a cube of ice and massage it into the palm on the tendons, but got a reverse reaction, it would start burning just as it did after playing the piano. I keep on doing to see what happens.

Vitamin D- do not know my levels...

Tingling i always have , numbness- i think no.
Pain: I have a burning feeling in the palm tendons after a little bit of work ( like playing the piano for 1 minute or pushing the stroller for 20 min), on the dorsal side of the wrist i feel a dumb pain right on the bend of the wrist on both hands. ( doctor;s say they do not know why it hurts) in my opinion it is either the tendon rubbing against the joints when I bend or the joints get inflamed when bending. When I immobilize with the splint all the pain I have goes away. Also if I raise my hands a little bit, I feel how muscles in the upper arm ( close to the shoulder ) get tired and I feel something like burning in the muscle or tearing in there. Also have unpleasant sensation on the tendons ( where the elbow bends but on the other side, where the blood is usually drawn). I think I answered all your questions. Thank you!!!


Joshua Comments:

It sounds like your primary issues are nutritional and your muscles are TOO TIGHT.

1. Get your Vitamin D level tested.

2. Get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. It has a complete plan including nutrition and self care. Too much to type here, and you don't want tidbits and tips, you want a plan.

3. That's great that massage helped. That's a good sign.

4. Don't worry about the burning sensation, that's just Pain Enhancing Chemical from the Process of Inflammation. Your nervous system is freaked out and on high defensive alert.

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