Unfortunately, the awkward nature of violin or viola playing can put violinists at the risk of injury.
Sure, there are ways to minimize this risk: Make sure your set-up is as ergonomically correct as possible; take breaks from playing to avoid physical strain; attend to your emotional health to minimize other stress factors while playing; exercise and eat properly for overall fitness, etc.
But sometimes things just happen: you overdue it with practicing or rehearsing, or you injure yourself some other way and it affects your playing. A long-term condition develops -- tendonitis, nerve damage, repetitive stress disorder or back problems. When it happens, it may be necessary to seek medical attention, to change things about your set-up, or just to take a break for a while.
Have you ever developed a serious playing-related pain problem or injury? A mild one? What did you do to solve the problem, or are you still grappling with it? Are you someone who has never had any pain or injury associated with playing?
Please participate in both votes below and then share your thoughts, experience and advise about pain and injuries from playing.
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