Can you play a piano with a sprained thumb?
Whatever you do, DON’T try to play through this or you are risking a more serious & permanent injury. Time & rest are the only sure-fire cure and in the long run a small price to pay.
Why does my thumb hurt from playing piano?
If you feel pain where the thumb joins the wrist, then you may have De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. Pianists with tenosynovitis are most likely to experience pain when playing at full stretch, especially when playing forte, or when passing the thumb under the hand in scalic passages.
What is piano thumb?
Most pianists today, including myself, were taught to play scales with the ‘thumb-under’ technique—that is, the practice of flexing the thumb under the palm immediately after the second finger plays its note.
Can playing piano damage hands?
Pianists are all-too-often afflicted with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as well, which we’ll cover but, first… These two injuries, along with ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’ (CTS) and painful wrist, finger and thumb tendon problems fall into the category of ‘Repetitive Strain Injuries’ (RSIs) as you may know.
How long does a sprained thumb joint take to heal?
A mild sprain usually heals within four to six weeks if you wear a splint or cast to immobilize your thumb and refrain from activities that irritate it. A more severe thumb sprain, such as a grade 3 sprain, could take several months before it’s fully healed and you’re able to use your thumb like normal again.
Do you need thumbs to play piano?
Proper thumb position is extremely important for playing piano. Each one of you have different structure of arms and hands and thus one should focus on what is most comfortable way of using your thumb over piano. Correct position of thumb at the piano would ease up learning, practicing and performing piano.
Can you still play with a sprained thumb?
While your thumb is healing, don’t play any sports that involve your hands or that could cause you to injure your thumb again. Try to avoid activities that could put stress on your thumb or injure the ligament again for at least a month.
Should you play the piano with a sprained finger?
Stay away from the piano entirely and absolutely for a few days until no trace of pain can be detected. If possible, use asian medicated paster put to the area of pain/strain. Or you can submerge your hand in hot water for a few minutes each day. The best time would be before bed-time.
What exercises can I do with a sprained thumb?
Thumb IP flexion
- Place your forearm and hand on a table with your affected thumb pointing up.
- With your other hand, hold your thumb steady just below the joint nearest your thumbnail.
- Bend the tip of your thumb downward, then straighten it.
- Repeat 8 to 12 times.
Can you play an instrument with a sprained wrist?
There’s no need to stop practicing, just because part of your body is in pain. Assuming your injury is temporary and that healing is likely, one of your very best friends is proficiency in the skill of mental practicing.
How long should you rest a wrist injury?
In rare cases of a full tear of ligaments, patients may need surgery to restore the full use of the wrist ligaments. Commonly, a grade 1 sprain can take one to three weeks for recovery, a grade 2 can take three to six weeks, and a grade 3 recovery can last several months.
What is a Grade 2 wrist sprain?
They are ranked by how severely the ligament is pulled or torn away from the bone. Grade 1 — Ligaments are stretched, but not torn. This is a mild injury. Grade 2 — Ligaments are partially torn. This is a moderate injury and may require splinting or casting to stabilize the joint.