I am, for the first time in 43 years of playing, not able to play because of injuries to my hand, shoulder, and neck. After struggling with this for 4 months, I finally too every one’s advice and put the instrument down and saw an orthopedic hand specialist. I now know that I have basal joint arthritis and carpal tunnel. I also feel that the neck and shoulder stuff is surely related, so I want to treat all of it. I have decided to take a long lay off from all practicing and even paying gigs until all this is treated well and I am able to play relatively pain free. What I do not know is where to start because hand specialists will not treat the whole thing (hand, shoulder and neck) and can only offer surgery and rest. I am considering chiropractics, physical therapists, sports medicine, and Eastern medicine. My question is has anyone beaten these types of things, and if so how did you do it? Does anyone know of any specialists in the L.A area who have a track record of helping violinists? To put it in another way, where would Shanahan or Bell go if their careers were in jeopardy like mine is right now? Surely people would have them up and playing in a hurry, but how?
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