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CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

The following are discussions I've had regarding Carpal Tunnel syndrome in
the last couple of months.
Tim Janof
Excuse this request: I have used many search engines to no avail.  Briefly,
my wife is starting to learn the cello, but has run into problems holding the
bow. She has had carpal tunnel and flexor tendon operations, and the usual
position gives great pain. The teacher cannot help.  I wondered if there was
any supplier of, or design for, attachments to be clipped to the bow to
enable people with "problem hands" to play?
Your answer, even if negative, will be much appreciated.
Sincerely, R.H.
I am a professional cellist suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  My
doctors suggest surgery. Is there anyone out there who has been through
surgery and survived/ not survived?  I would love to talk to a fellow
musician who has been through this operation and come out the other end.
S.F.
I am a "semi" expert (rheumatologist) and see lots of people with carpal
tunnel syndrome [the most common cause of median neuritis] and I certainly
confirm what was just said ... be sure the diagnosis is accurate (typically
by checking electrophysiologic testing and careful history and exam) and get
a grip on what can be fixed surgically . usually it's just the neuritic
portion (numb, tingling, dysesthetic sensations on the thumb half of the
hand/fingers, sometimes accompanied by arm aching) and not any
musculotendinous soreness on moving the wrist, which is often mistaken for
carpal tunnel syndrome.  A strain syndrome in various tendons should not be
addressed surgically.  L.
Amen.  I used a wrist splint, recommended by my doctor and the symptoms went
away.  Incidentally, I believe using my computer contributed as much to the
problem and probably more than playing the cello.  I appreciated Tim
Janof's reminder not to bend your left wrist while playing.
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