I've been playing the violin for years and have had an issue that I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced. It's a long story.. Let me preface by saying I've had some wonderful teachers and we are all pretty sure I don't have any glaringly obvious bad physical habits or posture problems (not that I'm claiming perfection! Just sound technique.)
It started with a pinched nerve 6 years ago that made it so I couldn't move. I knew it was about to happen when my hand would start tingling in my 3rd and 4th fingers and my palm would click and crunch when I closed my hand. If I took a couple weeks off, though, I would eventually be able to move and return to the violin. This happened around once a year or so.
About two years ago, however, it happened and didn't go away. I've seen every practitioner and specialist alternative and otherwise, though you're welcome to ask if you know or have a favorite :). I had surgery on my elbow because for a while they thought it was cubital tunnel that was "telegraphing" up to my neck. Turns out that wasn't really the main problem, though.
Since then, I've had an MRI of both the brachial plexus and the neck and got a diagnosis from one physiatrist of spondylosis and stenosis (narrowing of the spianl canal from arthritis and general degeneration of the neck). She told me to go to physical therapy again. I found a great PT, but though I'm fairly strong in the neck and shoulders now, there's really been no reduction in symptoms from playing.
So, basically I'm dealing with osteoarthritis in the neck. I'm going to accupuncture and he's given me something called Ligaplex to strengthen the muscles and tendons and things in the neck and he has talked about something called "Prolo" therapy.
My question to you all is, has anyone had a similar progression? Have you or has anyone you know been able to overcome arthritis or disk degeneration of the neck? And if so, how?
I hope to figure this out, find a solution and come back to post the answer for others..
In the meantime, if you have a question about violinist injuries like mine, please contact me!
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