Tenosynovitis is a disease that commonly affects all musical instrument players, including piano and guitar. I want to play a lot, but when I practice, my hands hurt and I can’t play. If you’re already in pain, you have no choice but to rest, and you’ll feel frustrated during that time. That’s why you need preventive measures before your hands hurt.
What is Tenosynovitis
Tenosynovitis is caused by excessive finger movement, which causes the tunnel-like tendon sheath in the path of the tendon to thicken due to inflammation, and the rope-like tendon that runs through the tendon sheath to swell. It is a disease that often affects musicians and athletes, and it causes pain that interferes with work and daily life. Be conscious of not continuing the same task for a long time.
Tendonitis is divided into two types. One is called “De Quervain’s disease,” in which symptoms appear in the wrist, and the other is called “spring fingers,” in which symptoms appear in the fingers. De Quervain’s disease, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is characterized by swelling and weakness of the wrist on the thumb side. This is caused by inflammation of the two tendons that connect the fingers and wrist and the tendon sheath that covers the two tendons and forms a tunnel, causing pain. Trigger finger is tendonitis that appears in the fingers. Symptoms include pain when bending or straightening the fingers, and difficulty moving. This is a disease in which inflammation occurs in the tunnel-shaped tendon sheath that covers the tendon on the palm side of the finger.
Tenosynovitis is caused by overuse of the hands, so if it is mild, it may be cured by refraining from using the hands for a certain period of time. If your hands feel uncomfortable, cooling them with a compress or taping can also be effective. If the recurrence of tenosynovitis is repeated and no improvement is seen, surgery may be necessary. Surgery can be performed as a day surgery under local anesthesia.
Music performers are very prone to tendonitis. But that doesn’t mean you should stop playing. If this is an actual professional music player, it will be even more difficult to stop playing. So, here’s what you can do to prevent it.
Make sure to do hand and wrist stretches daily. It has the effect of softening the movement of stiff hands and improves blood flow. Do this in your spare time or during work breaks.
Excessive use of smartphones is also a factor that can easily lead to tendonitis. Many people often operate smartphones with specific fingers or only one hand, which is very burdensome. Therefore, please try to operate with both hands.
Some people who practice musical instruments end up practicing for 5 or 6 hours. This is only a strain on your hands. After practicing for 30 minutes, make sure to take a break for 10 minutes. Excessive exercise will hurt your body.
If you feel that your hand hurts even a little, let’s hit your hand before it becomes a full-fledged inflammation. Please use hot or cold water.
There is also a method of taping the parts of the hand that you often use in advance. By doing this, you can reduce the load on your hands and prevent inflammation.
As is often the case with flute players, if you don’t practice with the correct stance, your body will easily become overloaded. Try to practice while maintaining the correct posture. It is also important to practice while looking in the mirror for those who are prone to damage to certain parts during practice.