#1
I know I've complained of this before somewhere but I need some serious help.


I was playing bass for less than 5 minutes when I began to get wrist pains. I stupidly kept playing and within 15 minutes of me beginning to play I couldn't even straighten my fingers or move my wrist.

My doctor keeps telling me there's nothing wrong with my wrists...

Any ideas?
#2
Well stop playing.

How do you hold you bass, do you practise sitting or standing.

One good idea is so sit down when you play and hold the bass like a classsical guitar, like the is on one knee and it is pointing higher.

Get an appointment with a physio and see if they can help.

put on a wrist suppost.
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#4
Quote by Deliriumbassist
If there's obvious pain and your doctor says nothing is wrong, you go and get a second opinion. Run your technique via a teacher, and as said above, go see a physio. I assume by doctor you mean a GP- they aren't specialists, a physio is.


I've had four different diagnoses ranging from RSI (which is bloody obvious) to there not being a problem by my 'normal' doctor.

Problem is that most doctors don't understand injuries to musicians, not that they don't understand wrist problems.
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just saying.


or you could always see some good doctors and teachers.
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#6
I say its cancer+ AIDS + diarrhea + some other diseases.


What did you expect to hear over interwebs? Especially when, most likely, none of us are doctors. Go see decent one tomorrow or as soon as possible. And don't play for some time...
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#7
Go play the song Territorial Pissings; everything will be better.

Sorry, I'm just bitter that I can't even play through it. But yeah, don't just check with a doctor, check your technique with a teacher or another bass player.
#8
This was the thread from before.
I'll re-phrase the advice I gave before: skip your GP, they're not your best bet. Self refer to a physio. Explain clearly what the problem is, and the background to it. If the physio doesn't get it, get another one. This is one of the advantages of the NHS!

I'm advising from experience - 5 years ago I split my right radius, right down the middle. 4 months off work, and I couldn't use my right hand very well for 6 months.
9 years ago I did 14 months of physio (hydrotherapy...the lot) after a car accident. The whiplash damage to my neck, left my left arm as weak as a baby. There was a time I thought I wouldn't play again, far less work. Seriously.

Both times, I got good advice from physios, because I told them absolutely, what my needs were; that I was a musician, and needed help as such.

Either that or, a bottle of vodka, and the meat cleaver.

EDIT: Actually, I just read your 'Why i hate the welfare state' blog. Here's an idea for you. Get up to Kirkcaldy, to the 'Christian Ministries Church', and get Marvin Andrews to pray for your wrist. After all, it saved his football career, didn't it? And it won't be relying on the state, will it?
Better still, go into South Shields and start spouting off your nonsense. They'll sort you out. Properly.
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EDIT: Actually, I just read your 'Why i hate the welfare state' blog. Here's an idea for you. Get up to Kirkcaldy, to the 'Christian Ministries Church', and get Marvin Andrews to pray for your wrist. After all, it saved his football career, didn't it? And it won't be relying on the state, will it?
Better still, go into South Shields and start spouting off your nonsense. They'll sort you out. Properly.


#10
^ hahaha

anyways...drink some water! sounds like dehydration perhaps. plus, see a better docter
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#12
Do you use a pick or your fingers?

I've noticed if I stretch before I play and during breaks between songs my wrists never hurt. If I don't however I have the same problem. I can hardly clench my fingers enough to hold a pick.
#13
better doctor man yours is a dick

how active are you? lazy people unhealthy people are weak. maybe thats what it is?
#14
do some warming up before you play quicker parts - i have made the mistake of not warming up before and its costly to the wellbeing of the old wrists...
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EDIT: Actually, I just read your 'Why i hate the welfare state' blog. Here's an idea for you. Get up to Kirkcaldy, to the 'Christian Ministries Church', and get Marvin Andrews to pray for your wrist. After all, it saved his football career, didn't it? And it won't be relying on the state, will it?
Better still, go into South Shields and start spouting off your nonsense. They'll sort you out. Properly.


Lol brilliant another person from scotland only thing i can really think of is doing wrist exercises before you start playing like warming up before a game of football dunno if that would help and i cant think of any specific exercises but you should ask your GP for things like that and see if it possibly improves your situation or better yet take the bass to your GP's and actually show him whats happening that could help a little no matter how random it is.
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This was the thread from before.
I'll re-phrase the advice I gave before: skip your GP, they're not your best bet. Self refer to a physio. Explain clearly what the problem is, and the background to it. If the physio doesn't get it, get another one. This is one of the advantages of the NHS!


you can refer yourself?



I'm advising from experience - 5 years ago I split my right radius, right down the middle. 4 months off work, and I couldn't use my right hand very well for 6 months.
9 years ago I did 14 months of physio (hydrotherapy...the lot) after a car accident. The whiplash damage to my neck, left my left arm as weak as a baby. There was a time I thought I wouldn't play again, far less work. Seriously.

Both times, I got good advice from physios, because I told them absolutely, what my needs were; that I was a musician, and needed help as such.


Owch.....painful.


Either that or, a bottle of vodka, and the meat cleaver.




Knowing my luck I'd cut my hand right off.



EDIT: Actually, I just read your 'Why i hate the welfare state' blog. Here's an idea for you. Get up to Kirkcaldy, to the 'Christian Ministries Church', and get Marvin Andrews to pray for your wrist. After all, it saved his football career, didn't it? And it won't be relying on the state, will it?
Better still, go into South Shields and start spouting off your nonsense. They'll sort you out. Properly.


Why South Shields?