deQuervain's (wrist) tendonitis
Anybody dealt with this and have any great treatment/healing techniques? It started about a week ago, and a few days ago I got a brace that helps when I wear it, and I could even play with it, but it still hurts so I'm thinking I'll give it a week with the brace w/out playing. It so far does not show any improvement but it has only been a few days with the brace so i am frustrated but hopeful. I should add its my left wrist.
I imagine laying with tendinitis is a very bad idea. Let it rest until it heals.
Im so sorry :(
Karen, I have not dealt with this problem, but did have issues with tendons in the past.
Oh dear. This all sounds as distressing as it sounds wise. It is my left hand. Of course i can't be sure it comes from playing violin but i had been playing more than usual the past few weeks, and working more on higher positions, which for me is more wrist intense - maybe that's where I need particular guidance. Thank you!
Tendinitis takes weeks to heal. Sometimes months. And sometimes it's a recurring problem.
We don't know the severity of your injuries, and I am no doctor either, but for me when I develop tendonitis I always start to squeeze a stress ball (actually a ball made with red wax cheese wrappings as this provides more finger movement than the usual squeeze ball I find.) throughout the day and find that it helps speeding up my recovery. I also do some stretching exercises and rest. Never had to wear a brace, but for more severe tendonitis this may be necessary at first and as Rocky said not to over indulge. As for any homegrown remedy, discuss with your health specialist and take it slow at first, but we're all different. One thing for sure recovery takes weeks, sometimes months.
Thanks for these thoughtful knowledgable responses. I really appreciate it even though i was hoping to hear the opposite. I had chronic tendonitis in one ankle for several years when the weather got cold, would be in a 'boot' for a few weeks, some years PT, then i started running at 55 and haven't had it since although i'm not sure it was the running, maybe weight loss i dunno. But i guess i better slog this out with patience and maybe PT. Can't imagine not playing for however long it takes, but I guess I am lucky I don't make my living at it. I am thinking maybe I can practice some bowing, right hand stuff.
Here is another non-expert reply!
I also only know enough to be dangerous (retired med. lab. tech.) There are a few M.D.s on the panel, but they will probably not check in for ethical reasons; they won't give a diagnosis or suggest treatment without a physical exam and testing. So go to your doctor, a sports medicine or music-injury specialist if you have one locally.
Karen, like everybody already wrote, you'll have to stop playing for approx half a year, hopefully sooner but only if the pain is completely gone. I've had the same experience but then with my right elbow. Much sympathy. The good news is the tendonitis typically heals by itself just by doing nothing basically, just living healthily and giving those tendons a break. I've had three tendonites so far, I am speaking from experience. Although the last one is now at least four years ago, knock on wood :-)
I've had great success with increasing the healing time of tendonitis and other soft tissue problems by seeing someone qualified in ART and similar techniques. The practitioner should be well qualified with lengthy experience - sadly there are those out there who bill themselves as experts and are not. Break from the activity that caused it is still required, but these soft tissue techniques are very helpful. I know from experience on this.
Feldenkrais helps me every time, and there are some teachers who specialise in violinists, and post advice and examples on YouTube. Regardless, I do hope you are back in action soon!
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