Wrist Tendonitis Please Help.

VR4Drummer

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Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you guys have every battled tendonitis in your wrists and how you dealt with it. Basically, about two months ago out of nowhere the top inside part of my right wrist would start to have this sharp pain in it when I would play. I use perfect form (took lessons for a year and a half) and stretch before I play so I am quite worried about what could be causing this. I only get this pain when I play drums....I am wondering if it is from lifting weights because I started lifting weights/working out regularly about two and a half months ago so maybe that triggered it I really don't know. All I know is I am scared to death that this is going to keep me from drumming because the pain gets to the point where I just can't play through it...I am about to join a new band too so this couldn't have come at a worse time...I have been teaching myself to lead with my left hand on the high hats to even out the work load between both hands and while this is a slow, cumbersome process I think it could help my right hand heal a bit...any thoughts, advice, or suggestions? Thanks guys. -Alex
 

SGarrett

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How much do you practice and what size sticks do you use? Do you stretch after you practice?

You started lifting, are you using proper technique or trying to lift as much as you possibly can? Are you working past failure? Do you stretch before and after lifting? How many days a week do you lift, for how many hours, and what kind of program are you using?

How much do you use the computer?
 

Henry George

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I'm sorry to hear that, nasty thing to happen.
I went to see the doc and the physiotherapist.
And my advice is that you do the same,soon.
You've done some damage and you need to treat it,
under the supervision of a pro.especially in the sports field.
They gave me lots of stuff to do to treat my injuries.
I had about 1/2 doz. sessions then continued on myself.
There is a proceedure that you follow (((immediately))) "after" an injury.
Coz it's the treatment for "that stage of the injury",leave it to long and it;s to LATE.(insert exclamation mark here)
(FROZEN WATER)Ice is magic,(((learn))) how to apply it to an injury.
Don't guess how,ask,read about it,go see a pro.
And of couse you need REST from what makes it hurt.
Take care and it will get better very quickly if you're not an old fart like me.

Best regards. Henry.
 

VR4Drummer

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Thanks for the advice, I definetely am going to see a doctor. When I practice, I use heavier marching sticks, but I have been cutting back with those and even with the lighter sticks it hurts after only a minute or two. As far as the weight lifting goes, I don't really stretch beforehand, but I believe I am using proper technique...I work out about 4 days a week and am not on the computer very much. I try to practice drums atleast a few times a weed. I just ordered newgrip drummer wrist supports to wear when I play...do you guys recommend these and know if they help at all? I really don't want to be the guy popping pain pills just to play, but I love it so much I couldn't give it up ever...also, I noticed that the "elasticity" and bounce in the affected wrist is diminished...it almost feels like someone poured some glue on the tendon or something...I really need to get it checked out, but it kinda came out of nowhere, I am really wondering what caused this as I have been playing for years without any pain before this...
 

Steven McTowelie

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i'm really sorry to hear about your wrist. something like that is definitely every drummer's nightmare, and i sincerely hope you get through it. you got some great advice in this thread already and i'd just like to echo everything said. it sounds like you have a very good habit down when it comes to stretching though, that and proper technique are some of the most important things when dealing with that. seeing a doctor is always a good idea. hopefully it's not tendonitis, and it's something that can be easily remedied. i was having severe shin pain in my right leg a few years back and had to see a doctor for that, and thankfully with icing it regularly it's something i was able to work through. best of luck!
 

SGarrett

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VR4Drummer":35ofgzbb said:
Thanks for the advice, I definetely am going to see a doctor. When I practice, I use heavier marching sticks, but I have been cutting back with those and even with the lighter sticks it hurts after only a minute or two. As far as the weight lifting goes, I don't really stretch beforehand, but I believe I am using proper technique...I work out about 4 days a week and am not on the computer very much. I try to practice drums atleast a few times a weed. I just ordered newgrip drummer wrist supports to wear when I play...do you guys recommend these and know if they help at all? I really don't want to be the guy popping pain pills just to play, but I love it so much I couldn't give it up ever...also, I noticed that the "elasticity" and bounce in the affected wrist is diminished...it almost feels like someone poured some glue on the tendon or something...I really need to get it checked out, but it kinda came out of nowhere, I am really wondering what caused this as I have been playing for years without any pain before this...
How long do you use the heavy sticks? You shouldn't use them for more than 30 minutes and you shouldn't be playing overly fast with them. Stretch after you practice.

You absolutely must stretch before and after every time you work out. If you don't your muscles will get tight and sore and you'll lose flexibility. Take a rubber band, that's what you muscles look like relaxed. Now twist it up until it starts to knot up. That's what your muscles look like when you don't stretch combined with lifting. When you pull on the knotted up rubber band you'll notice that it doesn't stretch anywhere near as far as it used to. I'm 6'5" and used to weight 280lbs. with 8% body fat and I was more flexible than I am right now at 200lbs. because I don't stretch anywhere near as much as I did when I was lifting and playing football. You might also be over-training yourself but I'd need to see your exact routine.

Ice is easy to apply. Put it on for 15 minutes, take it off for 15 minutes, and so forth.
 

VR4Drummer

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thanks again guys for the great advice. so i am making an appointment with a hand specialist tomorrow. also, i guess i will start applying ice (although there is no visible swelling) to help with any inflammation. lastly, what are your guys thoughts on the wrist supports while drumming? I would wear them right above the wrist obviously so there was free range of motion in the wrist itself and the place where i got them says to where them as tight as possibly comfortable...what are your guys thoughts on wearing these while I play, and even while I don't play? -Alex
 

kylevater

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VR4Drummer":3d5rfomb said:
thanks again guys for the great advice. so i am making an appointment with a hand specialist tomorrow. also, i guess i will start applying ice (although there is no visible swelling) to help with any inflammation. lastly, what are your guys thoughts on the wrist supports while drumming? I would wear them right above the wrist obviously so there was free range of motion in the wrist itself and the place where i got them says to where them as tight as possibly comfortable...what are your guys thoughts on wearing these while I play, and even while I don't play? -Alex
theres a specialist on hands?!?!?!
btw i hope your tendonitis is begone
 

SGarrett

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VR4Drummer":rojln6zn said:
thanks again guys for the great advice. so i am making an appointment with a hand specialist tomorrow. also, i guess i will start applying ice (although there is no visible swelling) to help with any inflammation. lastly, what are your guys thoughts on the wrist supports while drumming? I would wear them right above the wrist obviously so there was free range of motion in the wrist itself and the place where i got them says to where them as tight as possibly comfortable...what are your guys thoughts on wearing these while I play, and even while I don't play? -Alex
I don't think you're anywhere near the point of needing wrist braces while you play. You have no idea on what that will do your playing.
 
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