In a large orchestral survey in Australia, 84% of over 400 professional musicians report having suffered pain or injuries that have affected their playing. About 50% of these musicians had pain affecting performance at the time of playing. In fact, performance-related issues are also prevalent in tertiary and school-age players. Some common conditions in the upper limb include carpal tunnel syndrome, de quervain’s tenosynovitis, tennis or golfer’s elbow, and shoulder bursitis.
The most common cause of musicians’ injury is due to chronic overuse of the body. Injury is a result of a combination of factors, including long hours of playing, insufficient rest, poor posture, and poor set-up of the environment. With insufficient rehabilitation, the injury persists as the tissues fatigue easily and the movement is less efficient, leading to a risk of re-aggravation. An understanding of these factors and developing the ability to tweak them may render a lot of these injuries preventable.
Following the guidelines by Australian
Society for Performing Arts Healthcare
(ASPAH), consultation at EKCO Hand
therapy may include:
- Identifying risk factors
- Posture and technique analysis using
video cameras or mirrors
- Splinting/bracing for rest or activity
- Appropriate exercises for strengthening, stretching, proprioception, body awareness
- Developing a maintenance program
Please bring your instrument to your appointment so that we can effectively assess all aspects relating to your condition.