Fellow violinists, when in front of a mirror (without a shirt for visibility) you raise your arms to the sides, will your right shoulder automatically raise higher than the left one? This happens to me. This is supposedly a normal change in violinists' anatomy, but what are your experiences?
Related or unrelated to this effect, I do have some trauma on my right upper arm. I'm going to have an MRI soon for that. What has happened to me is that 5 years ago my upper arm started to feel pain "inside" in a weird way. Basically the pain was the same as what happens if you throw a heavy ball too powerfully and you hurt your upper arm. Over the years the pain has gotten worse and now I can't sleep normally. I have to sleep only on my back and I have to turn my right upper arm left on top of my leg or chest. If I keep the upper arm normally next to my leg, that will create a lot of pain during the night.
My right arm's range of motion is decreasing. Can't lift it very high, can't turn it backwards very much. It feels as if the upper arm tendons/muscles have shortened and hardened so that the wide movement is both painful and possibly also impossible. Nothing abnormal was shown in x-ray and ultra, so the MRI is now important.
During the last 5 years I have not played the violin much anymore and in my opinion I do not strain the arm in any way. My left arm is totally normal and painless. Any keyboard typing work etc. should be quite evenly distributed between my arms. So it feels like the upper arm is somehow deteriorating by itself with no physical cause. Though it's possible that I damaged it already 20 years ago by throwing balls too powerfully and it just didn't show symptoms back then.
Has anybody experienced a similar problem?
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