#1
My mom and I were talking the other day, I was telling her how my thumb starts hurting and the pain goes all the way back to my elbow sometimes. She said it was carpal tunnel, and that playing guitar causes it. Can playing a guitar cause carpal tunnel, and if it does, is there any type of strumming technique to avoid it?
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Of course it can cause CT.
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Is your Mom a doctor?

If not, then she can't diagnose a medical condition. And technically, no, guitar can't "cause" carpal tunnel because the carpal tunnel is an anatomical structure.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition, namely inflammation resulting from too much typing (or playing an instrument, or anything repetitive, really) in the wrong position.

I would suggest taking a day off guitar and having a look at the way you sit when you play it. It's probably a matter of how you hold the instrument that is the problem.
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It's sounds more like an RSI than CTS to me, to be honest. I'm not a doctor, and the only person who is qualified to diagnose you is a doctor.

All information I've read (and again, I 'd like to state that I'm not an expert) suggests that to develop CTS you must have a genetic predisposition to it.
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And technically, no, guitar can't "cause" carpal tunnel because the carpal tunnel is an anatomical structure.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition, namely inflammation resulting from too much typing (or playing an instrument, or anything repetitive, really) in the wrong position.

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It's sounds more like an RSI than CTS to me, to be honest. I'm not a doctor, and the only person who is qualified to diagnose you is a doctor.

All information I've read (and again, I 'd like to state that I'm not an expert) suggests that to develop CTS you must have a genetic predisposition to it.


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