Wrist Pain and Cracking In Left Hand in Guitar Player

by Michael
(Brick, NJ, US)

I have had a few outbreaks of this pain and wrist cracking. I first noticed it during Christmas when i received a watch for a present. It was kind of heavy, but i didn't mind. I am also a guitar player, and I hope it's what I can do for a living when I am older.

I practice about 5-7 hours everyday, sometimes 10 on weekends, unless I have a show, rehearsal, etc. I decided to play guitar without removing the watch, and my family suspects that this is the reason for the pain.

If i move my wrist around, it would crack and begin to numb up. One other thing is that over the summer, i was playing baseball with a few friends and got hit with the ball by a wild pitch. It hit the bone sticking out on the outside of the wrist and it swelled up and hurt. After a few days of icing it, it was fine.

It has gone away since Christmas, but now it has come back. It's very annoying and it somewhat hinders my playing. Could this be wrist tendenitis? I also noticed you have something about "Guitar Tendonitis."

Is there a difference?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Michael.

One important thing to know about the Tendonitis dynamic is that all on it's own, it doesn't 'go away'.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Pain might go away, come back, and go
away again, but there's a reason for it.

Tendonitis is a progressive dynamic. Unless you actively reverse it, it only gets worse over time. Even if pain goes away, the mechanism is still progressing in a downward spiral.

Your body fights it, compensates, and adapts, which can and does reduce pain symptoms, but it doesn't affect the physical downward spiral.

What's to blame? The Pain Causing Dynamic.

You iced and the pain went away. That's a good sign. And, that's helping your body stop the downward spiral, and hopefully push it into an upward spiral (if you keep at it).

There is a very minor difference between Guitar Tendonitis and Wrist Tendonitis.

They're almost exactly the same, except that guitar players have a specific behavior of tightness that requires some specific kind of attention. If you're a guitar player with any kind of forearm or wrist or hand pain, I'd go with the Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook option.

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