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Offline woodsy

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Lateral Epicondylitis or guitar elbow, like tennis elbow
« on: October 08, 2021, 02:01:35 pm »
Anyone else experienced with this medical condition ?
Think I've reached a point where guitar playing for 1 1/2 years steady
is and has been causing elbow pain and swelling for quite awhile now. Fretting side,
strumming/pickin side is normal.
Started last winter and doesn't seem to be healing.
Thought it was from running a chainsaw a lot but now looking at this
as guitar elbow.
Have not sought medical advice yet due to the continuing Virus spread ,staying away from public settings, but need to do something .
Quit playing guitar for awhile while healing with icing/massage etc.?
Surely others here have experienced this or maybe I'm just more
prone to it from age.
Found this from a Chiropractic practice:

"Much like tennis players who put tremendous repetitive strain on their elbows, musicians often suffer from “tennis elbow.” Musicians who play guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, merlin, lute, or other stringed instruments, push their strumming elbow and connecting ligaments, tendons, and muscles to the limit, often leading to painful inflammation, restriction, and inability to play. If caught early, understood, and strategically addressed, the dysfunction that causes the inflammation and pain can be addressed, getting you back to playing while getting stronger and more resilient."
« Last Edit: October 08, 2021, 02:30:48 pm by woodsy »

Offline Jamolay

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Re: Lateral Epicondylitis or guitar elbow, like tennis elbow
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2021, 02:24:14 pm »
I don’t know much about this other than rest and some tape or elbow wrapping.

Mostly, I would look at this as an indication of a problem with body mechanics in your guitar technique that needs to be addressed.

Like carpal tunnel, this is not simply “over use” it is over use and a problem with positioning/technique or other body mechanics.

You may need to alter your style a little to overcome it.


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Re: Lateral Epicondylitis or guitar elbow, like tennis elbow
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2021, 01:38:54 pm »
Thanks, you're probably right.
Been getting more aggressive with the fret hand and mastering some of the Barre chords can be straining.
I just noticed the medical forum here, duh, so will go through that as this topic
seems to be well covered already.

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Re: Lateral Epicondylitis or guitar elbow, like tennis elbow
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2021, 02:03:00 pm »
Think of this a bit like a sport. You can’t run a marathon on day one without consequences, warm up matters and technique is super important for avoiding injuries…


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