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Pinched nerve in my right arm #2342223
10/28/14 12:01 AM
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I am really struggling to play. I've been suffering with a pinched nerve for about 3 weeks. Hopefully, I won't need surgery, but at this point I will do anything to feel "normal" again. When I try to play piano (or pretty ,ice anything that involves my right hand) I get a tingling paint in my hand, pinky, and ring finger. Sometimes it goes through my elbow. Anyone else had this problem?


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Re: Pinched nerve in my right arm [Re: Michael Taylor] #2342233
10/28/14 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
I am really struggling to play. I've been suffering with a pinched nerve for about 3 weeks. Hopefully, I won't need surgery, but at this point I will do anything to feel "normal" again. When I try to play piano (or pretty ,ice anything that involves my right hand) I get a tingling paint in my hand, pinky, and ring finger. Sometimes it goes through my elbow. Anyone else had this problem?


Pinch nerves are a really annoying thing. I have these issues every now and then. When nerves get inflamed they heal really slowly. So you should avoid all movements that cause tingling or numbness. The problem area can be the neck, elbow or wrist. Sometimes you need to work on muscles to lose the tensions. But often you need to change your posture and pkaying technique. It's not easy, I spend a lot of time analyzing my movements trying to find a way to produce a proper sound without stressing my nerves.

It's just as important what you do away from the piano, especially computer use.

So my advice: When you get these sensations, stop immediately and try to find a way to position your hand so that you can play without such feelings. Sometimes you have to rest to give your nerves time to heal. A really good teacher could help, but not all teachers are good with such things.

Edit: You might also benefit from physiotherapy.

Last edited by outo; 10/28/14 12:37 AM.
Re: Pinched nerve in my right arm [Re: outo] #2342247
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Originally Posted by outo
. . .
So my advice: When you get these sensations, stop immediately and try to find a way to position your hand so that you can play without such feelings. Sometimes you have to rest to give your nerves time to heal. A really good teacher could help, but not all teachers are good with such things.

Edit: You might also benefit from physiotherapy.


+1.

I have had serious problems from too much work at a computer keyboard, doing software development. There was a few weeks, on a time-critical project, when I built myself a frame for neck traction, and installed it _at work_ around my chair.

I've had just a tinge of trouble during my re-start of piano playing, but nothing serious. When my teacher said:

. . . "Keep your elbow down!"

I listened to her. Tension and bad posture can be insidious. Good teachers, and physiotherapists, (and retirement), are your best friends.

So is a comfortable seat at the piano, that (IMHO) is slightly lower at the front edge, than at the back edge.

If the pain sometimes goes through your elbox, it's possible that the "pinch point" is in your neck, or at a point called (I think) the "thoracic outlet".

If it's in your neck, neck traction might help. It's possible to get injuries with that, so go easy on it.

Gentle stretching won't hurt, and may do some good.

. Charles



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Re: Pinched nerve in my right arm [Re: Michael Taylor] #2342277
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Yes, you want to catch this early. I was unable to play for two years because of ulnar nerve compression and tendinitis, brought on by computer use.

Retraining in Taubman technique restored my ability to play, and also transformed my technique so that I play far better. You may want to check out the Golandsky Institute website, or info at the Well Balanced Pianist.


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Re: Pinched nerve in my right arm [Re: Michael Taylor] #2342316
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Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
I am really struggling to play. I've been suffering with a pinched nerve for about 3 weeks. Hopefully, I won't need surgery, but at this point I will do anything to feel "normal" again. When I try to play piano (or pretty ,ice anything that involves my right hand) I get a tingling paint in my hand, pinky, and ring finger. Sometimes it goes through my elbow. Anyone else had this problem?


My ulnar nerve got damaged in a car accident... took years of therapy to re-acquire a complete functionality.
Go see a specialist ASAP.



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