Pianist Tendonitis, a hard formation at the wrist, but without pain

by Arden

Hello, I am a young pianist, my problem is on the under the second and third fingers tendons of my hand there is a formation (a solid thing) i can feel it when i touch and i can move it sideways. It is very close to my wrist and it is not causing any pain, but i am wondering if it is making my playing less flexible and making the learning process slower?

And also i am wondering if i loose my flexibility after some time completely.

I will be happy if you can advise me. I can not rest my hand because i should play and practice, i use some anti inflamtory but it is not making this formation to disappear. do you think i should make a surgery?

thank you.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Arden. I'm certainly happy to offer suggestions as I can.


Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen don't work for much, much less reduce lumps and growths of any kind.

The question is, what exactly is this formation?

You don't have pain, so it's not likely Tendonitis, though if you play piano a lot you will sooner or later experience the results of tightening muscles and the Pain Causing Dynamic that MAY OR MAY NOT develop, depending on your nutrition and your self care and the luck of how your body is built.

See: What Is Tendonitis?


1. Is it a formation on your actual tendon? Or is it floating loose?

2. How big is it?

3. What happens if you poke/squeeze it?

4. Is it deep, or just under the skin? Is the skin raised?

5. Previous pain or injury to the wrist?

6. -Is- it reducing your flexibility or slowing your learning?

Answer those questions, and we'll go from there.

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.

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Nov 21, 2009
PART 2 - details of my question - Pianist Tendonitis, a hard formation at the wrist, but without pain
by: Arden

hello Joshua , you are very kind to answer me , i will try to answer your questions.

1.the formation is under the tendons
2. it is about 2-3 cm2, i dont know how deep it is.maybe 1 or 2 cm.and it is on both my hands
3. i can move it sideways nothing happens nor any pain.
4.it has a deepness yes, and it is just a bit raised on skin. when i open my fingers extremely i can see it.
5.there isnt an injury before but i know when i first begin to play piano i was very tight on wrists and it took me 3-4 years to make me confortable now i play more free on wrists. i think this is the reason of the formation tightness on wrists.but now even i am relax for 2 years they didnt disappear.
6. i dont know if it is reducing the flexibility and slowing the learning process this is what i wonder.
I want to ask if some mouvements in hot water can help me ?
thank you very much.


Joshua Comments:

Hey Arden.

Thanks for the answers.

1. I'm still not clear if the formation is ON the tendon, or floating free of the tendon.

2. Also, when you say 'under the tendon', please clarify. Is is between the skin and the tendon, or between the tendon and deeper in the structure, like between tendon and wrist bone.

Or does under mean towards your elbow?

The wording can be a bit tricky for us both to be on the same page:)

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