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.

More questions, more answers.

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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Sep 07, 2018
Ping, Pain, Ahhhitscold and Hey!
by: Gary

Pro-player 30+ years, never had a 'stopping' injury until...

Recently I picked up my guitar and quickly fretted an awkward chord without sitting properly. Wrist was at an odd angle and I felt a snap and shock of pain at the Flexor Carpi Ulnaris and epicondyle tendon & extensor muscle tenderness.

My guess is they were already a little damaged as I've regularly noticed tender forearm points over the years. Now I'm faced with cancelling gigs. Pain = NO income and little clue about when I can play again. Disaster!

So, I watched the T-dynamic video and yup, you nailed my history. After 3 days of super-icing plus dixie cup, the pain had reduced about 50%. Brilliant!

I'm going to order the book - icing is one thing but proper maintenance and early intervention are vital to a self-employed muso.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Gary.

Did you get the program? (I don't see your name in there anywhere). If so (or if not), how are things going?

I put your comment in this thread to make the point that, whether it's pinkie, or where you describe, it's all from the same dynamic, and the ecology of the entire lower arm and hand play a role...not just where you feel symptoms.

Aug 04, 2014
Your thanks is my pleasure
by: The Tendonitis Expert

No Problemo!

Aug 03, 2014
thank you for your time
by: Anonymous

thank you for your time my dear joshua

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