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KNUCKLE PAIN, COMMON OR UNCOMMON?

I get pain in the middle part of my fingers from playing the chords EADGCEmAmDm. I've been practicing those chords on my aucustic and I've been getting pain in my fingers. I dont know what the part of my body where I get the pain is called. I would call it the middle knuckle if I had to call it anything. I was just wondering if this was natural or if this is a sign of a disease of some sort? The pain occurs in the main knuckle that you use to bend your fingers. Located in the middle of your finger. (I dont know if its a knuckle or not)
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Re: KNUCKLE PAIN, COMMON OR UNCOMMON?

7/24/2008 6:38 PM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

i have pain and numbing of my fingers alot. but i am getting older.... so probably par for the course with how much the ole body has been abused.... :)

germ



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7/24/2008 8:38 PM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

Yeah, right...
You're so old I wish I was your age!

Later, Germ

PS, if that amp head didn't sell, shoot me an email, Bro.

Bill~~~



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7/25/2008 5:33 AM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

hehehe. yeah. i know i'm not up there just yet. all the skateboarding and bike riding back in the day though.... not to mention the poor diet and near starvation in lean times has taken its toll... i'll live. :)

PM sent.

germ

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7/26/2008 8:06 AM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

I'm a bit late to this party, but it seems like we could use some clear terms to accurately discuss and point out where and when pain is occurring.

Hand anatomy



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10/1/2008 2:07 PM

Jeremy Henry (323) wrote:

Hey david, I hope im not too late to have you help me. I had taken a break from the guitar for while because of the pain I was feeling. Be it was small pain it was still pain and I shouldnt play when its there. I now have the itch to play guitar again and am hoping that maybe this few month break will have been enough to make the pain subside. Here is where I felt the pain when I played last (a few months ago) I felt pain in the Proximal Interphalangeal of my pinky ring middle and index finger whenever I played basic major and minor chords that arent barred. I also felt pain my Proximal Phalanx and thenar of my thumb whever I played chords that were barred. Any way you could help me cure this pain?



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10/1/2008 2:47 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

I agree with you Jeremy! The best cure for pain is to stop playing. I had a chance to chat with Adrian Vandenberg at the Namm show in '94, and he too recommends rest is the best cure.



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10/1/2008 3:34 PM

Patrick Marshall (1941) wrote:

Well, I haven't said much in the forum the last couple years (I even stripped my homepage). I feel I may have something to share here, though.

As a person, dealing with arthritis and a partialy crippled ring finger, I know finger pain fairly well.

If you are sure your technique suits you, then conditioning and preparation may be the issue. I would suggest the following:
1) Warm up. I'm talking temperature. Warm your hands, wrap your hands around a hot mug of coffee or tea (I even just heat up water if I've no desire for a hot beverage.). You can use other methods, just warm those muscles up.
2) Do stretching exercises. Like other physical activities, conditioning is an important part of guitar playing.
These simple things go a long way in avoiding pain and injury.

Pat



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10/2/2008 12:59 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

I agree with you Patrick in regards to warming up. One should always establish a regiment.

Especially if one has arthritis and finger sensitivity. However in this day and age when

My concept of rest relates to the player who:
1) uses the computer often,
2) tries to play faster than necessary,
3) uses outrageous chord voicings. Andre Segovia advised Christopher Parkening to stop performing on his Bach transcriptions. Parkening was complaining of left hand pain and the interval movement was not good for guitar players. After all those Bach pieces written for Harpsichord (I wish I could remember the name of the piece). Some of the Ted Greene voicings.



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10/1/2008 5:46 PM

Rik Eischen (960) wrote:

I see it's been a while since this was posted, Jeremy.

I have to agree with Jon Riley, who wrote:

"Any pain is a bad sign.
(Other than in the fingertips, where they will inevitably hurt a little as a beginner until the skin toughens up.)

There's no way we can give good advice here - other than to say check with a doctor or qualified physio.
Pain in the joints, tendons or muscles may be down to bad position, too much tension, or over-playing - in which case a teacher could help - or it may be some unconnected condition that guitar-playing is aggravating."

With that having been said, when I have pain in the Thenar region of my thumb (see Hand Anatomy link given on page one of this post), my chiropractor suggested soaking my hand in warm water with epsom salt (magnesium sulfate--we have a generic brand). If you simply have a muscle sprain, this is said to draw toxins from the body. I have found that a product like BenGay or some similar Icy Hot product has helped me (a greaseless formula is best when playing your guitar). PLEASE NOTE:

This inforation is not intended to diagnose any physical or mental condition, nor is it intended as a substitute for the advise and treatment of a licensed professional. The author of this comment is not a health professional and makes no claims in this regard. In the event of your using the above information from this comment, you do so of your own accord for which the author of this comment takes no responsibility in any way whatsoever.

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