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Old 01-30-2014, 05:36 PM
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When I got my issues "with CTS" tested, the guy doing the nerve testing recommend wearing wrist braces at night. He pointed out that no matter what, sooner or later we end up in a fetal position with our wrists curled while sleeping..much like our fret wrist is supposed to be when playing the guitar.

This is what causes the 'damage'.

Combining this with repeated & numerous full days at a laptop, and lots of playing in the evenings, is when my symptoms appeared (on both wrists actually).

I noticed very quick improvement in my wrists when i started wearing the braces to bed, and trying to conciously straighten my wrists while sleeping/wakening. I only needed them for a short while.
Uh, fretting hand wrist is supposed to be more straight, not bent and preferably, not rotated.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:24 PM
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Hi Johnd (and others). A good friend of mine suffered from carpal tunnel and it especially had an impact on his guitar playing. He plays a lot so we think it is definitely the culprit. I got him to use the wrist wrap called BFST (blood flow stimulation therapy) and it has done wonders for him. It's an all natural treatment too. I've attached the link in case anyone is interested. http://www.kingbrand.com/Carpal_Tunn...php?REF=46PV90
Folks, please don't utilize devices without a Doctor's direction.
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Folks, please don't utilize devices without a Doctor's direction.
I definitely agree. Getting a diagnosis from a doctor should always be step number 1.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:43 PM
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Could be a neck issue as well. Proper posture gets more important the older we get.
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As well as CTS, a narrowing of the foraminal space where the nerve passes from the spinal cord through the vertebra and/or degenerative disks at vertebra C6or7 puts pressure on the nerve which can result in a loss of arm/hand strength. It may or may not be accompanied by pain… Often comes along with being 50+ and the wear and tear that got you there. MRI and good Doc are needed to pin it down.
Thank you Sage, it's great to hear this !
I have this problem which started recently along with bad upper back muscle spasm pain (coincidentally I think). scared the hell out of me (stroke? Tumor? Etc)


I went for X-rays and one of the diagnoses was a problem with forminal space between C5/6 and C6/7.

I haven't seen to a surgeon yet and it seems an MRI is required for full diagnosis, but have had physio and Biokinetics and started stretching. The strength is mostly back in my hand but not the dexterity, but I have been reassured that permanent nerve damage is very unlikely.

I've been advised to use clothes pegs with elastic bands for extra resistance to strengthen the fingers. Guitar is bad because of the wrist angle, it seems :-(

Anyway, my main reason for posting this was to reassure others who may get the same fright as me :-)

Also to reiterate...stretch frequently and pay careful attention to ergonomics when working on computers, etc.
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Old 01-12-2017, 07:46 AM
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I ignored this for almost ten years.

By the time I saw the hand surgeon I had to have more than one surgery to correct it and I believe there may have been permanent damage, since now 6+ months after the surgery, I am noticing intermittent symptoms (but not even in the same category as before. Just before my surgery, I couldn't play guitar for more than a couple minutes before my fretting hand was completely numb).

Don't wait, go to a primary now.
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