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Title: Drumming injuries
Post by: Ian_Borg on May 12, 2011, 11:25:18 PM
Hey there!
 - for a couple of months now, I've had trouble with pain in my left elbow joint - mainly at the outside part of the joint, and a bit on the inside too. I think it's some kind of tendinitis. It hurts quite a bit when I rotate my hand so that the palm is up - as in when you use a traditional grip. Has anyone else been through this? If so, how did you deal with it??

Title: Re: Drumming injuries
Post by: KenSanders on May 12, 2011, 11:40:07 PM
I am sorry you are experiencing the injury and that it is causing pain and discomfort.   :(

Regardless of whether readers may believe they have experienced something similiar, I strongly suggest you see a medical specialist. An accurate diagnosis and treatment is your best way to recovery.  You certainly don't want to be damaging your arm by doing something that worsens the problem.

Please see a doctor that specializes in this area of medicine.

And yes I have experienced tendinitis before in my right forearm.  It is a painful allment, but proper medical treatment resulted in a full recovery.

Title: Re: Drumming injuries
Post by: Ian_Borg on May 14, 2011, 10:27:13 PM
Thanks Ken - good advice as always! My Chiropractor specializes in joint/ligament/soft tissue work as well as the more normal Chiro stuff, and I see him on a regular basis. My next visit is this week.
It's so important to keep yourself limbered up and stretched out, especially as you get older. I'd be interested in hearing from others about anything special they do to either stay away from these kinds of injuries or to recover from them. I usually stretch my back, shoulders, and forearms before playing. It helps a lot. Sometimes (if I don't stretch first), I get a bit cramped up in my right shoulder when playing the ride.

Title: Re: Drumming injuries
Post by: KenSanders on May 15, 2011, 01:31:09 AM

It's good to hear you are getting treatment for your problems and know not to expose yourself to situations that could cause more damage.

At my age, I don't believe I have any real secrets.  I do walk a lot with my dogs and play golf.  That involves a lot of the stretching too.  In most mult-story buildings, I try to use the stairs whenever that's practical.

When I am waiting in line (bank, etc.) I do raises where I lift my heels from the floor and count (silently) to twenty.   :)  Over many years of doing this, I can literally do this for long periods without fatique.  It seems to have helped double bass endurance.

As far as my arms, I do wall push-ups.  You can do these anywhere you can stand about 2 - 3 feet from a wall.  You just place your hands, palms up, against the wall with your arms perpendicular to the floor.  Then it's simply a push-up type motion.

Wrists?  No secret......practice single and double stroke rolls. 

I don't eat a lot of junk food or drink a lot of sodas.....and I do drink lots of water each day.  Other than that I advise people to avoid illegal drug use and excessive alcohol use.

Like I said......the things I do aren't anything that you haven't read before.       ::) 

Title: Re: Drumming injuries
Post by: yamaharec on March 01, 2012, 07:40:05 PM
This was a "On the Road" Injury! I once smashed my left hand against car door !Just before we went to play!!Man it hurt!I shoved my hand in ice for an hour & felt so good!!The real problem was the gash in web of pinky & ring finger!!It kept bleeding no matter I did!Finnally I got some Toilet paper & duct tape & wrapped it tight!!I ended up getting 3 stiches!!"Rock'N'Roll!!

Title: Re: Drumming injuries
Post by: oneolddrummer on February 14, 2014, 11:07:55 PM
I was doing a fund raising gig for blood cancers (we are against them!).  2 weeks before the gig I injured my right hand.  Lifting my bike onto the center stand (weighs 900 pounds!) the bike slipped in my hand a little and I had hold of it by just the tips of he middle finger and ring finger and I heard (and FELT!)  SNAP!!!  I iced it down, but it was swollen.  I could not make a fist.  In fact I could barely hold a drinking glass!  My hand was going numb constantly, and I really only had use of my thumb, index finger, and pinky.  I managed to play the gig OK.  It took around a year for the hand to heal!

Title: Re: Drumming injuries
Post by: KenSanders on June 23, 2014, 05:07:46 PM
Wow, you guys really got hit with some bad luck.  I am glad you recovered.

Title: Re: Drumming injuries
Post by: Carthage on August 01, 2014, 11:43:13 PM

A long time ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth I got accepted to Berklee School of Music.  That tells you how long ago it was since it is now called Berklee College of Music.  Back then they only taught jazz, and you had to audition to prove your level of playing (which you don't have to do now plus they teach anything now).

But, I didn't have to audition because I was playing professionally "on the road", and they seemed to think I had
to be able to play at an acceptable level to do that.

As it happens, one night I crashed into a tree (head on) in my black 1958 Ford Galaxy (a great car with a hood ornament of Hercules holding up the world),  It took them several hours to cut me out of the car.  I spent 12 hours on the operating table with three surgeons operating on me.  End result:  A broken ankle, nose, jaw (on both sides), bruises and lacerations all over my body (I looked black and blue everywhere), and a severly damaged right knee.  They saved my knee, but I lost a lot a cartilage.  I'm ok now.  I was able to put time in the army, so they did an outstanding job on me.

Back to Berklee.  Unfortunatly the car incident happened the summer before I was to attend Berklee, so when I went there I had to attend the entire first semester with a cast on my right leg from my toes to the top of my thigh and
of course walk around on crutches the whole time.  You could say I was a little disappointed that I couldn't play very well, but I didn't quit.  I did the best I could. 

The next semester the cast came off, and I started playing 7 nights a week at the Blue Mirror in Charlestown with
Little Joe Cook (he had a hit song calle "Peanuts").  We played 5 sets a night (Sundays - 6 sets).  My leg got back into shape pretty quick.  My morning class was always interesting.  The good ole days.