#1
While playing recently I've been developing some severe pain in my wrists... which then turns into numbness in my finger tips, a sign of carpal tunnel. This doesn't take more than an hour or so of playing before I need to stop, I'd really like to correct it if I can.

While playing, on my left hand my thumb wraps over the neck of the guitar, and my fingers kind of free float and any random distance from the fret board to suit what I'm playing.

My right hand, I keep my fist clenched as opposed to open. Like this guy: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cuPSSyF5UE0
This is because my hands are large and whenever I try playing with an open hand it really inhibits my movement.

Any tips? I'd really like to avoid the surgery in the ligaments in my wrist, I'd really like to play as much as I do now without this pain.

Any help will be appreciated, thank you fellows.
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i really dont know what to say other than get the surgery, because not only will it effect your guitar playing, but it can effect other things in your life as well, maybe not now, but in the future it might.
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thats odd... wrapping around is supposed to help your wrist by keeping it straight
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#5
well, i was having a similar problem in my fretting hand more than a few years ago.

the hand specialist send me to pt, and i was able to work on the hand and i've been able to hold off the surgery for years now.
it's important to know that the pain can come from the thumb joint, at wrist, or even at the elbow.

i suggest you see a doctor, and know that, raising your guitar can help.
also, warming up prior to playing, exercising by squeezing a rubber ball or silly putty, pulling rubber bands, and icing after play can all help.

if there is redness or swelling, if pain persists when not playing or if you are alarmed in any way put down the guitar and see a doctor.
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#6
carpal tunnel isn't a surgery only deal. just get some therapy or look up some exercises on the web. and start playing your guitar differently. play with your hand open when palm muting and strumming. it releaves tension from your constantly moving wrist. the thumb over the top of the neck is actually better for your wrist than the traditional thumb level with middle of neck style... other than that stop things that put tension on your wrists and ice them nightly.

and if your playing a fender or a guitar with the obstruction that is the top volume knob you might wanna consider a guitar without it.
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#7
Same **** happened to me
But I just played harder when my hand did that

still play almost as much as I used to, and nothin ever happend with it
it just kinda went away I guess
don't think its anything to worry about
but some of these people say it is

like I said nothin bad happened to me from it tho
#8
Thanks guys, my mother's a physical therapist so she's been looking out for it for about a week now... I've been thinking about seeing a doctor is it persists.

And to whomever mentioned it before I get pain in my wrist and thumb and a bit of swelling in my wrists.

It also happens when I play piano. Man, I really hope that this won't affect my musicianship... I suppose it won't if I get help seeing as a lot of people have apparently gone through it.
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^^well a lot of times, guys well get really sharp muscle cramps from playing, mostly barre chord forms.
those are mostly "growing pains" and pass.

if he's getting a numb hand it "could" be more than that. especially if it's been building for years, or if he also gets the pain at work or on the computer.

but yes, docs can sort these things out. and taking breaks are important.


^yeah, seems like u've got a few things going on, i hope it works out for you.
like i said, mine was a definate ligament problem, but making the thumb stronger did the trick.
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^^well a lot of times, guys well get really sharp muscle cramps from playing, mostly barre chord forms.
those are mostly "growing pains" and pass.

if he's getting a numb hand it "could" be more than that. especially if it's been building for years, or if he also gets the pain at work or on the computer.

but yes, docs can sort these things out. and taking breaks are important.


^yeah, seems like u've got a few things going on, i hope it works out for you.
like i said, mine was a definate ligament problem, but making the thumb stronger did the trick.



Speaking of barre chords, whenever I play ska... I can't play for more than about three minutes because I have to quit.
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raise your guitar. if it's "growing pains" it might pass after a couple weeks.

still, warm up, ice after (holding a can of cold soda) and stop if pain hits.
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#12
I had the same problem about 6 weeks ago. It wasnt playing guitar doing it I was doing some construction work and it agravated it. I asked several people who had it at one time. Told me to get one of the wrist splint things and wear it at night, be surprised the odd angles your hand is at when sleeping. Havent had a problem since. So try the splint thing for a while they dont cost much at walmart. And having your guitar hanging at your knees wont help with carpal tunnel.
#13
^+1,

part of going to pt was that they made me one of those thumb supports. at first i had it on most of the day, eventually just at night, and now only if i tweek my thumb.
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