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Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis? #2913247 11/17/19 06:34 PM
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Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis or some form of arthritis?.

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Re: Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis? [Re: rov] #2913249 11/17/19 06:42 PM
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Re: Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis? [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2913253 11/17/19 06:55 PM
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I have osteoarthritis. Many people get it with age. I find that playing the piano helps it. In fact my orthopedic doctor said it was the best thing I can do for it. I can no longer play fast music but that’s okay. There is a lot of beautiful slow music.


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Your initial post makes me think this may not have been diagnosed by a physician; if I am correct, you should get a diagnosis.


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Re: Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis? [Re: rov] #2913269 11/17/19 07:41 PM
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Tyrone, Your link doesn't work. ??

dog person, when I told my doctor I have a little pain in my hands sometimes, he recommended Tylenol. until it is advanced there is not reason to see a specialist. IMO of course. We all get it as we grow older. However, he suggested exercising the hands, like playing piano is best. Although it will not relieve the pain, it may help to keep your fingers, and knuckles, from becoming more stiff.


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Re: Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis? [Re: TomLC] #2913270 11/17/19 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by TomLC
Tyrone, Your link doesn't work. ??

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Playing Piano and Arthritis - Are They Related?
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Having read a news article about Vladimir Ashkenazy having to give up his public piano playing due to arthritis I started to wonder if there was any link between the two. The question to be asked is piano playing a good or bad thing for your joints and will it induce or deter you from getting arthritis? My research led me to some interesting conclusions.

The right way and the wrong way to play the piano: In fact piano playing really does not induce arthritis if you do it correctly. Having played the piano myself in my young days I can say that there is definitely a wrong way and a right way to play the piano. Before you even start there are finger exercises like the "five finger exercise" and others to do. These exercises serve as a warm up and help to strengthen your fingers and make them more flexible.

Playing the piano the right way can help arthritis: When you play the piano you also have to position your wrists and hands in the correct way. When you do this you will in fact be putting the right pressure on your fingers and joints. This will actually improve blood circulation to your joints and help with any joint problems.

Playing the piano does indeed help you if you have arthritis and you play for a certain amount of time on a daily basis. However if you are playing for a living like a concert pianist you may have some problems. It is not that piano playing itself induces arthritis but if you have the problem already, due to other causes, too much exertion of your joints could be bad.

Plus when a concert pianist is on full work load they do have to practice up to 8 hours a day. Much of this will be repetitive phrases over and over again. This repetitive pattern of the hands may be a strain on the joints. It is well documented that repetitive movement of the joints can be a factor in arthritis. After some time arthritis can creep up on a performer due to this strain on the joints.

However surprisingly enough you do not hear of arthritis stopping pianists in their tracks too often. Given these facts it would appear that piano playing is actually good for your joints and although it may not always prevent this disease is good therapy for your joints and can help you with hand arthritis.

Cathy Q is a professional writer and the author of several articles on health and wellness

For more information on arthritis treatments please visit [http://www.treatment-of-arthritis.com]

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Re: Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis? [Re: TomLC] #2913271 11/17/19 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by TomLC
Tyrone, Your link doesn't work. ??

dog person, when I told my doctor I have a little pain in my hands sometimes, he recommended Tylenol. until it is advanced there is not reason to see a specialist. IMO of course. We all get it as we grow older. However, he suggested exercising the hands, like playing piano is best. Although it will not relieve the pain, it may help to keep your fingers, and knuckles, from becoming more stiff.


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I didn’t mean to imply a specialist should be seen—- but just a diagnosis from a physician.


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Re: Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis? [Re: rov] #2913529 11/18/19 03:41 PM
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I have osteoarthritis in my fingers.

My physician says that unless you practice excessively - think professoinal pianist - then practicing and playing the piano is actually good for the joints, and can help ease the stiffness if you already have osteoarthritis.

What's known to cause OA is typing on a computer keyboard. This seems confusing because it's such a simliar activity, but apparently it's about how far the keys are pressed down. Most modern electronic computer keyboards only need you to press the keys down by a few milimeters (for OA patients, older mechanical writing keyboards are recommended).

I type many hours a day for my work, so I'm screwed anyway ha

I tell myself that I practice the piano as an anti-poison these days wink

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Re: Can piano playing cause ostheoarthritis? [Re: rov] #2913573 11/18/19 05:09 PM
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My fingers crack all the time. I often type reports and long emails on a laptop and use technical drawing software. I’m probably screwed, but never yet have had any issues with playing piano.

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Another osteoarthritis sufferer here! Two hours or so of practice a day seems to help my hands remain more flexible.

The worst is arthritis in the basal joint of the thumb. When really bad, as it was in my right thumb, it prevents one from passing the thumb under, making it impossible to play a true legato scale passage. I finally had surgery and got the range of motion back in my right thumb...but it took weeks of rehab and many more weeks of patience before the thumb could be passed under without a wince of pain. My left thumb is not as bad, so I've foregone surgery on it.


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I have been living with arthritis for several years, and as the pain/stiffness has been steadily worsening over this past year or so, I decided that I was going to buy myself a digital piano and try playing again, before I reach a point where playing would become impossible. I've had my DP for about a month, and I'm very happy to report that my arthritic fingers are dramatically improved!!

When I first sat down at my new piano to play, (for the 1st time in 40 years) I was afraid I might have made a mistake by thinking that I could ever return to the level I had reached after over a decade of formal training, but I kept at it daily in small doses, and within a week I was very surprised (and relieved!) that I could actually still play quite well! It's been about a month now, and I'm so thrilled to be able to play! And best of all, I am doing it without my fingers being in constant pain. I haven't been prescribed any new medications for my arthritis, so this vast improvement in my fingers (pain level/range of motion) is all due to just playing my piano!

As to whether one can develop arthritis by playing, I don't know anything about that... but I can say that if you already have arthritis, (even if quite advanced, as is mine) then daily playing can only make things better. Yes, I still wake up each morning with my shoulders, elbows and fingers painfully locked right up tightly, and I then proceed to spend the next 5 minutes slowly freeing up my joints, before I'm finally able to climb out of bed and dress myself... but wow, once I begin to play a few bars, my hands/fingers feel SO much better than they have in years!!

I therefore consider my new Privia PX-870 to be money well spent!! thumb


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