#1
I've been having wrist pains in my fretting hand. Here is the area of the wrist that is affected. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/683/wristpain.jpg/

Anyone have any tips? This has been really bugging me. I think it has been getting worse. I've had this for a while and haven't figured out how to get rid of it. I used to bend my wrist a lot when playing but I've been playing differently since because I think I was getting pain throughout my entire wrist when I played. How do you guys position your fretting hand? How much do you bend your wrist and where is the best place to place the thumb? I've been experimenting with different positions and such trying to make the pain go away.

In the meantime I'm going to try to get an appointment with my doctor soon.
#2
If the pain is chronic going to a doctor like you say is the best thing to do.

You haven't given us any clues as to how you play and what position your wrist is in or if you play tennis or some other sport or activity which continually jars your hand etc, so I'll go over the obvious stuff...

If you play your guitar down low while standing up you can experience this kind of pain due to the continual angled flexing of your wrist. Consider playing the guitar at a more confortable height, or sitting down.

Other things can be, you're gripping too hard or you're pressing on the frets with more force than is required to sound the note. Your hand should be relaxed when you play. You may not even realise you're doing it. Make a concious effort to 'let go' if this is what you're doing.

If you're tensing up your wrist and fingers to increase speed, don't. This is another common cause. Speed will come with better technique. Improve the technique first, then the rest will follow
Last edited by Phoenix V at Oct 8, 2011,
#3
http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/2636/picture71a.jpg
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Here are some pictures to help give an idea of my hand position.

Also, I'm on the computer a lot, with my right hand resting on the mouse most of the time (im a left handed guitarist). IDK if that could contribute to my problem.

I also play pretty much just metal, so i end up using powerchords a lot, and i dont really use minimum pressure to hold down the strings, either.

Any other tips you, or anyone else who is reading this, have to give now that i've posted some pictures of my hand position on the guitar? I would REALLY appreciate it if someone could help me out here. Thanks.
Last edited by Systematic_ at Oct 8, 2011,
#4
Quote by Systematic_
http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/2636/picture71a.jpg
http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/4672/picture73e.jpg
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/6159/picture70d.jpg
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/2532/picture72g.jpg

Here are some pictures to help give an idea of my hand position.

Also, I'm on the computer a lot, with my right hand resting on the mouse most of the time (im a left handed guitarist). IDK if that could contribute to my problem.

I also play pretty much just metal, so i end up using powerchords a lot, and i dont really use minimum pressure to hold down the strings, either.

Any other tips you, or anyone else who is reading this, have to give now that i've posted some pictures of my hand position on the guitar? I would REALLY appreciate it if someone could help me out here. Thanks.


The fact you're on the computer a lot, could certainly be a case of RSI. (I'm battling RSI in my mousing wrist right now.) Posture while at the computer is important, as an IT guy, i should practice what I preach but

That wrist is pretty bent, I rarely ever have my wrist bent that much. Work on playing with a wrist as straight as you can, a little bend isn't bad.

You'll see famous artists playing like that. I just saw Opeth and Katatonia last night, sure as shit they had their guitar slung low and wrists bent. I could never play like that.
Last edited by Halt at Oct 9, 2011,
#5
take a break from guitar until the pain stops, it could be your wrist muscles making more muscle, if you want to play i'd suggest taking it easy and play at a moderate tempo. the guy above me has a point, good posture could be key to helping your wrist pain. altogether i'd suggest a break till you can verify it with a doctor. hope this helps.