I've been playing guitar for about 13 years. This quote is from my introductory post in when I joined this site:
Brett Burgoyne wrote:
Over this 13 year span I have had a few injuries that have set me back and have had a hard time keeping up with the guitar. I broke my right arm 3 times and had 2 reparative surgeries (now have 2 plates and 11 screws in my wrist). Playing guitar has been an incredibly fun hobby for me and it was difficult each time to have to take breaks from my playing. Sometimes my injury causes pain when playing but I still keep at it because I love the guitar.
As for the injuries, they are all a result of skateboarding. I actively skated for a few years, the first break was when I was in middle school (1999), The second break was in high school (2001) and the latest was outside of high school (2007, by this time a skateboard was a mode of transportation and no longer a leisure activity). All three times, I broke both the Ulna and Radius. The first and third occasion were when I had the surgeries. With my first break they put small plates and screws, on the third occasion they removed the hardware and replaced them with longer plates and many more screws. As a result of these injuries I have have some pain and soreness in my right arm, and my wrist/forearm and noticeably crooked. My arm kind of bows outward and I probably have 75% of my range in wrist movement ( I cannot twist my arm to be palm up without pain and moving my elbow to an odd angle. My actual wrist joint always feels displaced and will pain me until I pop it (which only lasts for a short time and then I have to do it again). I've taken a few short breaks from guitar around the times of my injuries because it was difficult and painful to play. I play very often now and with minimal problems.
I broke my right hand index finger in the elementary/primary/fifth grade playing basketball. It was swollen like an enormous sausage, the scary part is that the doctor pretty much told me that it was probably going to lose almost all of its range and be stuck straight (It healed fantastically and doesn't pain me, it just looks a wee bit crooked).
On top of that I have back problems, I don't know what caused them but I have bad posture. I don't have insurance so I don't have many details, but they say I have lumbar lordosis, which is an excess curvature in my spine. It leaves me with aches and pains and I assume it will just get progressively worse. I'm only 26, so that means I've probably got a lot of pain to look forward to in the coming years.
Edit: other injuries include dislocated shoulder and ankle. Was hit by a car, twice, while crossing streets (not my fault, was in crosswalk and had the walk signal. some people don't look to their right when making right turns at lights), one of the times resulted in a bad knee injury.