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Unread 12-21-2010, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

My elbow is starting to hurt when I grip and I'm not really sure why.
It seems to be similar to tennis elbow. I practice/play about 1-2 hours a day.
I keep in shape with regular workouts (pushups-situps, etc, no weights).
The only think I can think of that I do repeatedly is play guitar. But it's not my wrist it's my elbow, wierd?
Is anyone else going through this?
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Unread 12-21-2010, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Could be a number of things. Get it checked out and if it hurts too bad stop playing and give it a chance to heal.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Never had that happen.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 04:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

I've had RSI (tennis elbow) numerous times... it's a regular occurence for me since i play drums aswell as guitar. It could be a simple case of this. Remember though, just because your wrist isn't hurting doesn't mean it's not contributing to the problem... ie... rapid/repetitive movements of your wrist can actually affect your elbow.

Hold your arm out in front of you with your palm facing up, make a loose fist, and move your hand up and down vertically, only using your wrist, whilst at the same time, put your other hand round your elbow... you'll feel your tendins/muscles move.

Your elbow doesn't have to be moving in order to be straining it Perhaps a change in technique/posture is in order? Or even an elastic bandage to support your elbow until the symptoms ease off.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 04:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Could be due to your playing posture. Are you using a different guitar lately? I find LPs and SGs require a higher playing position to Strat shaped guitars.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

I play an acoustic and electric about equal time each. Although I might play the acoustic alittle more cause it's readiy accessible. I play my acoustic sitting down and my electric standing up.(mostly)
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

It never hurts when I'm playing, but some mornings it aches.

I figure years of thrash riffs and shredding probably gave me some kind of tennis elbow. I put a heating brace on for about a half hour and it's fine.

Personally I think my muscles just stiffen and cramp while I'm sleeping.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

look up lateral and medial epicondylitis. Any repetitive motion can cause it. It can be treated. Exercises and stretches are part of the treatment, they will prevent recurrence.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

i have the samething.my doctor called it tennis elbow(tendinitis).it's starting to go away
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Drop yer guitar strap about 2-4 inches and you'll be fine.
Worked for me.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Thanks for the suggestions. I would hate for this to get worse.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

I quit trying to play SRV stuff and mine quit hurting. I guess I ain't made for that stuff.

Mine was my fretting elbow. Which was yours?
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

stop doing push ups. you want to stay in shape, get into biking and or swimming and do isometric (flexing) exercises. theyre easy on your joints.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Sometimes my ears hurt but I think thats self inflicted.

On a serious note yeah get that takin care of.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Describe the pain....is it a burning, a feeling like you hit your funny bone, sharp stabbing, fire running down the inside of your arm. Hand or fingers going to sleep or getting tingley....anything in your shoulder.

All will help in finding out what it is.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

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Sometimes my ears hurt but I think thats self inflicted.

On a serious note yeah get that takin care of.
Funny that, when i play guitar my arse hurts sometimes. It's all those bum notes
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

I sometimes use BENGAY..on my elbow..that is.. It DOES help.

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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

yea
could be arthritis or tennis elbow
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

My elbow only hurts when I spend all afternoon reading MLP threads.
Many good ideas here. Hope it improves.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Get it checked out. Although my back kills me after half an hour of playing (even when sitting down), it's normally what makes me put the guitar back in the case for another hour before playing again.
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

Tennis elbow - reminds me of a joke.

A guy has a painful flare-up of his tennis elbow.

He goes to a new Doctor who's a little eccentric. "Doc," he says, "I think I have..."

"Wait," the Doctor interrupts. "Don't tell me! I have invented a miraculous new piece of lab equipment that can diagnose any ailment from a simple urinalysis. Take this cup, bring me a sample in the morning, and my machine will make a definitive diagnosis."

The guy thinks the Doctor is completely nuts, but he takes the cup anyway.

"I'll show him," he thinks, "I'll give him a specimen he won't forget!"

He goes home and when he's walking the dog, he gets the dog to pee in the cup. He then gets his wife to piss in the cup, followed by his teenage daughter. Then for the piece de resistance, he masturbates into the cup.

The next day he shows up at the doctor's office. "Okay, doc, let's see what your machine makes of this!" He can hardly keep from s******ing.

The Doctor takes the cup into the back. The guy can hear a machine whirring furiously, followed by the sound of a computer printing out the results.

The Doctor comes back a few minutes later and says, "Well, Mr. Johnson, the results are in. Your dog has mange, your wife has the clap, your daughter's knocked up, and if you don't quit whacking off, you'll never get rid of that tennis elbow!"
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Re: Does your elbow hurt when you play guitar?

how high do you have the guitar set? have you tried adjusting that? If I wear the guitar too high it hurts my elbow so I where it low enough that my arm is comfortable
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