Yes I already went to a doctor. He fixed my hand and said that the fracture is not that bad so after 1 to 2 weeks I can move my hand.souldier wrote:If it is a real fracture I hope you have already gotten treated by a doctor and have asked for his/her advice.
Fractures take much much longer than 3 and a half weeks to heal, so I'd guess you'd have to drop out of the competition. Don't forget you need to practice in the time leading up to the competition.
I tend to agree - I had my right shoulder replaced in July 2016 and I still have lots of soreness. The issue for me is reaching around the guitar with my right arm, yours is your left shoulder so you won't have that problem. But I think you will find that the smallest variations of angles that guitar-playing demands might cause problems with things you would not expect, and then there's the issue of left hand strength. For me, it was not harmful to endure the aches and soreness, but it sure made trying to play un-enjoyable. With a competition coming up and all the practicing involved, that's something to consider. Good luck.Laudiesdad69 wrote:Best of luck to you. It's probably going to be uncomfortable if you are able to play at all. I had surgery on both shoulders and my right one still aches. And I didn't even break them, but I did have bone removed from them. It takes bones longer than three weeks to heal and you should ask your doctor whether this is a good idea to attempt it or not. If it were me, I think I would sit this one out.
I think this a very good suggestion. If you can develop this particular mental skill it will serve you well in the future in other contexts too. I doubt if anyone would have the patience to develop this without some impulse such as you have now.Stephen Kenyon wrote:Well this gives you one thing to try - visualisation, e.g. mentally rehearse your pieces, both with the score and from memory. Most people find it really hard to start with but like anything it gets better with practice. ...
Good advise. Sports physician...great idea!Andrew Pohlman wrote:If you really want to make the competition, and can afford it, talk to a sports physician. A sports physician will get you working again far sooner than a general practitioner or family orthopedic MD. They know how far they can push it.
Having said that, you will be working with injuries similar to any injured athlete. This means that it will probably be okay now, but you will pay for it as you get older. Ask any old athlete who has worked with injuries.
My advice as a nurse, forget about the competition. You need that time to heal. If by some miracle you get out of the cast, and can play, fine. My expectation of your healing curve is 6 - 10 weeks. Remember, there is rehab after cast removal that eats up the calendar too.
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