Pain in wrist/forearm area?

September 14, 2016 at 05:29 AM · A few days ago I started feeling a bruised sensation in my forearm/wrist area. Right beneath the wrist, you can feel two bumps right? (The bones of your forearm) Well between those two bones, it hurts to press. When I use my left wrist, it kind of hurts. Some say its from playing the violin too much, but has anyone had this?

There is no bruise mark and I didnt hit it anywhere

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September 14, 2016 at 08:53 AM · Tension can cause pain. In my experience, this comes from two places. Either gripping with the left thumb, or even more likely, slightly lifting the left shoulder against your SR.

Cheers Carlo

September 14, 2016 at 01:55 PM · I think its from gripping with my thumb, I dont know why, but I seem to squeeze the neck with my thumb while playing fast passages

September 14, 2016 at 02:04 PM · Try to avoid that.

September 14, 2016 at 02:17 PM · Squeezing with the left thumb is poor technique and a bad habit. Squeezing to the degree of causing muscle pain is a risk for injury, if continued long enough.

Once you re-work your left hand to a relaxed hold on the neck, you will actually be able to play fast passages better in tune and faster. Talk to your teacher about music exercises to release left arm tension. You are probably too tense from the shoulder on down to the fingers - it works that way. Two simple to describe exercises are: 1. when you notice tension anywhere in the left arm, stop playing, put the violin down, and then re-start in as gentle and relaxed fashion as you can. This helps break any bad habit. 2. For 1 week, do all your practicing with the thumb not touching the neck at all. Sounds will be a bit sloppy, but its just for 1 week as training. You train your mind and muscles that the thumb is not really needed to hold the violin. The thumb should be a passive guide - not an active gripper.

Good luck,

September 14, 2016 at 02:56 PM · David,

If you can, take a break from violin playing until the pain stops. Also, avoid any aggravating activity, such as typing or carrying things.

If the pain is persistent after a week, seek medical help (sports medicine specialist and physio-therapist)

Once the pain is gone, re-visit your posture, violin hold and finger placement.

Introduce warm-up routine before you reach for instrument, such as the following:


September 14, 2016 at 03:03 PM · I think I read that you are 13? It could easily be growth. It also, assuming you are a normal active 13 yr old, be from striking your wrist on something unknowingly.. A bruised feeling is unlikely to stem from poor technique or overuse. Other symptoms such as swelling or strain or actual pain while doing the activity would be present in place of a bruised feeling. Either way Rocky's advice of taking time off is a good one.


September 14, 2016 at 03:16 PM · while you're letting yourself heal and examining your technique, be mindful of your cell phone usage - I find that for me the motion of swiping or scrolling on a smart phone irritates the same muscles that playing the violin uses.

September 14, 2016 at 03:19 PM · Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain there, too. Do you type a lot, or play tennis or another racket sport that might place stress on your wrists?

September 14, 2016 at 05:00 PM · I'm with Rocky. Take some time off, let it heal. And as for thumb squeezing, I sometimes fall victim to that as well. Usually when I am working extra hard on something that is just a little too hard to be doing in the first place.

September 14, 2016 at 07:23 PM · ok thanks.

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