shooting pain in left wrist

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shooting pain in left wrist

Postby RedneckRondo » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:20 pm

Is this carpal tunnel or RSI or what? I get a shooting, electric shocking pain in the middle of my wrist when playing certain pieces. Whenever my wrist turns from playing scales to a bar I get the pain. I think it is getting better, but I want to know if anybody else here has experienced this or something similar.

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Re: shooting pain in left wrist

Postby GeoffB » Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:02 pm

Hi RedneckRondo,

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Re: shooting pain in left wrist

Postby AsturiasFan » Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:26 am

I have exactly the same thing. The electric shocks are never random and occur at precise points in a score where particular hand/wrist movements are made. Thankfully these are very rare and sometimes I can figure out another motion to avoid the shock. I'm pretty sure the shock is caused by a tendon grating against a nerve or a tendon suddenly releasing and snapping against the nerve. Since I don’t have any other wrist problems, I doubt that it is a serious condition. But if your shocks are very frequent, a visit to a physical therapist or doctor to learn wrist stretches might be in order.

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Re: shooting pain in left wrist

Postby RedneckRondo » Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:48 pm

no, it is only in certain points like you said, and I think it is getting better, I realized I was pushing my wrist way to far out in front of the fretboard.

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Re: shooting pain in left wrist

Postby wianno » Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:56 pm

I'm working my way out of a similar problem by making sure that my left hand thumb only is used as a guide and not to grasp the neck. My solution is working.

Since you say that your pain only is noticed when you barre, I bet that you are applying pressure with your thumb rather than using the weight of your arm to fret the barre.

Relax.

Jack

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Re: shooting pain in left wrist

Postby RedneckRondo » Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:44 pm

Yeah, now that you say that I realize that is exactly what I have been doing, and I have been trying to squeeze the guitar, using my thumb and fingers.

EDIT* Yes, I have just tried what you suggested and it seems my problems are solved, my barring is almost super easy and pain-free. Thanks wianno, that is the best piece of advice for playing the classical guitar I have ever recieved.

EDIT* So if I need extra pressure, should I use more of a pulling force with my arm?

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Re: shooting pain in left wrist

Postby wianno » Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:21 am

I think that your last question should be answered by a competent teacher or accomplished classical guitarist who is watching what you do as you play.

Jack

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Re: shooting pain in left wrist

Postby Stephanie Burnham » Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:29 am

I am getting shooting wrist pain too. As a matter of fact, my left wrist had shooting pain and my right arm was in pain. I wound up wearing an arm brace around my upper arm, and a full arm brace for my right arm. The pain went away after wearing the braces for several hours. I'll see if they return after I practice again.

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Re: shooting pain in left wrist

Postby ronjazz » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:23 pm

Anybody experiencing these symptoms would be wise to get in touch with Jerald Harscher at thepoisedguitarist.com, he teaches via Skype and is the best diagnostician I have ever known in 50 years as a professional guitarist.
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