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#1
I saw a fellow teacher come in with 2 metal plates in his arm (fell off his bike in the now) and can now never play bass (He was a jazz musician, upright bass) It must be a terrible thing and made me think of how lucky i have been to never have any serious injuries from playing.

I did wonder what problems anyone reading this might have had, im sure many wont be as serious as above but has anyone here had a guitar related injury, RSI?, Tendonitis? Sprain? Muscle pop out!? post your guitar injuries here

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#6
I've managed to slash my hand in the middle of a Metallica solo because the high E string broke. Ever since then, I've started changing out my strings every few months regardless of whether they need it or not.

I've also managed to get carpal tunnel syndrome by playing 10 hours a day for a week straight, then forgetting not to play when it started hurting. Had to quit for a month and wear a wrist bracer.

Oh, and I've dropped my Razorback on my foot because the straps were worn out and slipped off. OW.
#7
All of the above... I've broken both wrists, work on a computer, play bass/guitar, and was single for a long time.

My life is a bad carpal tunnel joke

Thank god I'm only 24 and nothing can slow me down, but holy hell is this gonna suck when I get into my 40's!
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#8
I used to play with my elbow when i strummed, and my favorite genre when i began was thrash. I never practiced slow, and went for super fast in the beginning. Needless to say, i hurt my elbow (strumming), and i had to stopping playing for a month or so....

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#9
Guitar injuries: stabbed by a string, cut my finger on a string, pulled muscles in my ring finger of my fretting hand,, and hit myself in the face with the head stock.

Injuries that made me unable to play guitar: finger surgery (I had a tumor in the tip of my index finger), and I've drilled into my hand.
EDIT: And I almost cut the tip of my thumb off once. That kept me from playing for awhile.
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#11
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When I was big into stretch licks I gave myself the start of an RSI problem. Stopped, fixed my technique, don't have that problem no mo.


Same here. I learned some big stretchy licks and ****ed my wrist up that way. But other than that ive never been hurt playing guitar.
#12
i was playing one and my strap slipped off, and when i went to catch my guitar, the head hit me in the ear and the high E cut my ear open :P
#13
Broke my arm in a skateboarding accident a few years ago. Still can't turn it all the way because I slaked off on physical therapy.
#14
I smacked myself in the mouth taking a guitar off once, just kind of...lost my bearings.
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#15
Haha some of these are hilarious! Keep em coming. How did you know you had carpal tunnel syndrome as opposed to RSI or tendinitis?
#16
I was drunk and stumbled on a pavement and damaged(maybe broke) my ribs. Hurts like hell and you can't sleep, can't walk, can't breathe. Next week I was already playing standing up and the strap of the guitar put too much pressure on my ribs. That caused another week of horrible pain and I had to sleep in a chair that week cos I couldn't lay down.

Some other time I had a great time practicing and stopped to make a snack. I was so thrilled about going back to practice so I hurried and cut off two of my fingertips with a knife almost completely off. No guitar for 2 weeks..
Some other time also making snacks.. cutting salami with a heavy knife.. I put the knife on the table then turned around and with the corner of my eye I saw something falling off the table - so I turned around with my sharp reflexes to catch whatever is falling. Put my fretting hand right under the falling blade. Guess what.. No guitar for 2 weeks..

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Haha some of these are hilarious! Keep em coming. How did you know you had carpal tunnel syndrome as opposed to RSI or tendinitis?


If you are referring to my post unfortunately I have both. I knew I had Carpal Tunnel, when an orthopedic surgeon informed me of that about a year after I shattered my left wrist... after I kept complaining my hand was going numb, and would get random shooting pains up and down my arm.

As for tendinitis I developed a wicked case in my right wrist after my buckle break. If you dont know what that is, its also called a greenstick fracture/break, it happens when your bone bends like a green stick before it breaks. It's not nearly as cool or fun as it sounds. Unless you want a Medical Marijuana card or something, then it comes in handy having a wrist that looks like it just got wacked with a 2x4.

The worst part is I don’t even have a good story for how I broke my left wrist. I biffed it on the bunny hill snowboarding
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#18
A LIIIIIITTLE before I started guitar, and just after my buddy had started, back when we were, like, 12, we were gaming and he had his Squier Strat in his lap, and I guess he jerked and I moved my face simultaneously or something, but the tip of the ended up clocking me in the right eye pretty hard, and my vision's still a little blurred from it(it isn't really visible though, and I can see just fine with my left), plus I get migraines there a lot now. xD Otherwise it's just been little scrapes on my hand from strings gone wild.
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#19
Got RSI once from poor technique. Nothing Too bad really. I've also stuck countless strings in my fingers changing them, but who hasn't done that?
#20
Hmmm....I half expected someone to start off a post with.. "This one time...at band camp.."
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#21
when I first started playing, I was trying to change the strings and on the 1st string (the high e) I accidentally tightened the string instead of loosening it and the string snapped and went into the back of my hand, like pierced the skin, simultaneously the strap broke (I was new and I don't know why I was wearing the strap).

anyway, the guitar fell, but it wasn't quite hitting the ground and I couldn't figure out what happend till I started to feel the pain in my hand. I looked down and about 1 1/2'' of the string was in my hand! it was easily pulled out and I threw a bandage on it, but thats really the only injury I remember...
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#22
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Stabbing myself while changing strings.

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#23
My fretting hand's wrist/forearm has gotten really weak/sore/tingly in the past, sometimes it still to this day acts up, just take a break, there is no point in pushing your-self so hard that you cause problems for yourself in the future...My advice is anyone experiencing regular pain during practicing should probably go see a doctor.
#24
The usual dull aches and pains through my wrists and forearms - the curse of the cubicle dweller.
#25
Hmm..where to start..

I was once changing strings and thought I'd just stabbed myself with the end of the string in my finger...but then I turned my finger over and noticed that the string-sized hole came through the other side of my finger (was right before a gig too...).

Even though I have hard skin on the tips of my fretting fingers I've actually played so much in a day that I've worn through it, caused a blister, and then worn through the blister until there was blood (still didn't really want to stop playing, but had to give it a rest for the skin to heal).

I was once on the way to a gig (taking the train- don't ask!), and I was practising on the train until the train went over a bump or something and the guitar smacked me in the face.

...and this isn't really my injury, but I was given a Les Paul copy that had a fist-shaped dent in it at the front...so I'm guessing somebody got into a fight with a guitar...somewhere...and that must have hurt!

...and I still love playing guitar!
#26
About 3 months ago I broke my right hand pinky playing basketball. It sucks since I play a lot of country and need to hybrid pick. It's just now getting to the point where I can make some use of it again but it's still clumsy.

I've had to make use of the superglue trick on my fingers numerous times since I don't form very thick callouses.
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#27
Good thing to know I'm not the only one who has smacked myself in the face with the headstock... Got a nasty bruise on my arm once too. :p
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A LIIIIIITTLE before I started guitar, and just after my buddy had started, back when we were, like, 12, we were gaming and he had his Squier Strat in his lap, and I guess he jerked off and I moved my face simultaneously or something, but the tip of the dick ended up cocking me in the right eye pretty hard, and my vision's still a little blurred from it(it isn't really visible though, and I can see just fine with my left), plus I get migraines there a lot now. xD Otherwise it's just been little stains on my hand from boys gone wild.


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#30
I've done damage to my left thumb twice, sort of wrenched it too far back, much further than it's required to go. I did this playing rugby and whatnot.
Now I get a pain in my thumb joint when fretting barre chords. This has resulted in me using the thumb-over-the-top technique for barre chords utilising the low E string.
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I was only trying to be funny...

OT: I accidently hit myself in the face with my Ibanez headstock. Ouch.
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#32
overtuned my B string once, flew off and pierced about an inch into my hand at an angle. like, just slipping under the skin like you would if getting an injection haha. was pretty funny
#33
Guitar injuries: Chipped a few parts of a body, buckle rash on the back of my other body and a missing truss rod cover. Oh yeah, a tremolo I broke in half because I was curious.
Personal injuries: Strings piercing my fingers when replacing/breaking them, broke nails over playing Chet Atkins once, trying to lift amp but handles fall off, amp landing on foot.

#34
^I was so confused reading that untill I got to the part that said personal injuries.
I was like you chipped your body?
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#35
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^I was so confused reading that untill I got to the part that said personal injuries.
I was like you chipped your body?


hehe, ofcourse not :P
#36
In the beginning I never build speed with a metronome, always played stuff at the original speed from start.
I played al lot of metal and although I knew about injuries (I managed to play without injury for 3 years) 2 years ago i Developed tendonitis in my shoulder. (Burzum - War)

I can honestly say it was the worst periode of my life, it knocked me out of the game for 8 months and I had a big fear it would never go away. the chronic non-stop pain and fear ****ed me up so badly i had to look for help and it made me extremely paranoid for future injuries (well thats getting better).

But now I'm fine, i started playing again in october 2009, slowly building it up, now i never play tense, when i play fast stuff every muscle is relaxed and i have no pain what-so-ever. It was a lot of work changing my habits, re-learning everything with a metronome and building speed. But **** its worth it (you really don't want the tendonitis hell)

I play a lot better/cleaner now aswell.
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#37
Haven't had any myself, but I know my uncle got thrashed by my gran whacked my uncle with his guitar when she caught him smoking
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#38
Just sore muscles and a cut on my cheek from a very stupid moment changing my strings.

If you ever hear a string sound like it's crying, don't put your face closer, back it the **** away.
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#39
The other day I sliced a cut a few mm deep in my index picking finger playing srv style... Last summer I got wrist/thumb tendinitis in both hands, bad technique + texting + computer did me in!
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#40
Because of bad technique in my past, I now either have a severe case of RSI OR a Condition known as "Cubital Tunnel Syndrome" or something like that. It's like carpal tunnel, but it effects your pinky, ring finger, palm and wrist instead of index and middle finger.



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