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Link the Harvard’s book: Healthy Hands

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Originally Posted by Terry Michael
I have those splints, actually several that also protect my wrist. My ortho prescribed this:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diclofenac

It worked miracles. You have to be pretty healthy as it can be hard on the liver. I used it for a month , stopped and haven’t really needed it since. (2 years now).
I am 5 days into diclofenac (50 mg twice a day) and so far nothing happens. I'm going to keep the 100 mg per day for a week and then cut it down to 50 mg per day.


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Originally Posted by Sol Finker
Originally Posted by Terry Michael
I have those splints, actually several that also protect my wrist. My ortho prescribed this:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diclofenac

It worked miracles. You have to be pretty healthy as it can be hard on the liver. I used it for a month , stopped and haven’t really needed it since. (2 years now).
I am 5 days into diclofenac (50 mg twice a day) and so far nothing happens. I'm going to keep the 100 mg per day for a week and then cut it down to 50 mg per day.
I use this on my hands and it works wonders.


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It’s in pill and gel/cream form. Both worked for me although the gel in the tube worked best. Make sure you use that dosing card!

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I have some arthritis in my right thumb, and a bit in my left, and "snapping fingers (sometimes described as "trigger fingers", though not quite the same.)

I study with Alison Cheroff, who teaches Taubman technique. If I play with my thumb correctly, as taught, there is no pain in my thumbs or fingers. I also had the action on my piano rebuilt so it is lighter, but not feather-weight.
I highly recommend the Taubman approach for any playing, but especially for hand injuries and arthritis.

On another note, I took a lot of Tylenol and an Nsaids, with no relief, and a stomachache. Diclofenac cream also caused stomach pain. I really didn't want to destroy my liver. I like Imak compression gloves and I'll use a soft brace on my thumb if I am not playing piano.

https://www.amazon.com/IMAK-Active-...g=v2HsA&pd_rd_i=B007JVIG1S&psc=1

https://www.ohmyarthritis.com/Shop-Splints/Thumb-Splints/3pp-Design-Line-Thumb-Splint.html

I have used hot wax "bath" , but it's a bit of a nuisance. Not sure if it helps. Some people really love it.
I tried splints- they really got in the way, and my teacher felt they inhibited motion detrimentally.

I have heard that some people have had success with surgery, but I hope to never go that route. I an 76, and have only been playing piano for 4 years. Just love it and feel it actually helps my arthritis.


https://thepainfreepianist.com/aboutalisoncheroff.html

https://www.golandskyinstitute.org/resources/

Hope that helps!

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Originally Posted by Music Me
Originally Posted by Sol Finker
Originally Posted by Terry Michael
I have those splints, actually several that also protect my wrist. My ortho prescribed this:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diclofenac

It worked miracles. You have to be pretty healthy as it can be hard on the liver. I used it for a month , stopped and haven’t really needed it since. (2 years now).
I am 5 days into diclofenac (50 mg twice a day) and so far nothing happens. I'm going to keep the 100 mg per day for a week and then cut it down to 50 mg per day.
I use this on my hands and it works wonders.

My wife took the tablets for her back. Her BP rocketed to over 200 very rapidly; I caught it on the machine I bought when i started using the Gym.
It has been banned in tablet form in the UK. and discouraged in other forms too. It is a hard choice.


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Originally Posted by decmeister
taking on board the comments about avoiding heavy action keyboards, are there benefits to using semi weighted keyboards such as the Yamaha Piaggero range eg NP-12 or NP-32 which are very light to touch?

Has anyone experienced a dramatic reduction in pain or dependency on anti-inflammatory drugs similar to Pam's experience as described at https://decplay.com/learning-piano-with-arthritis/

My left thumb is nearing the end of the line and my fingers slow. I changed my P515 for the lightest keybed I knew. My ES 110 has been really good. It has made a big difference to me.


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