Tennis Elbow

Robert Ellement posted this 06 February 2016

Hey everyone,

I've been playing for about 13 years in original and cover bands and doing studio sessions. I also teach individual lessons and lecture Cert II III & IV in Music. I've been battling with tennis elbow for the last 3 years on and off and it's just recently reared its ugly head again. This time REALLY bad.

It's incredibly frustrating, as having to rest it on and off has made my playing sloppy and not as polished as it usually is. Every time I get back into practising and start getting my chops back to where they used to be, my arm flairs up again and I have to stop, and the cycle continues.

Just wondering if anyone else has ever suffered from any RSI or know of anyone who has? If so, how did you/they conquer it? Tried everything from physiotherapy to cortisone injections and nothing seems to have a lasting effect. Any help/advice would be awesome.



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Levi Clay posted this 12 February 2016

If your technique has caused problems, it's time to fix the technique.

I have wrist problems from transcribing too much, so I've had to adjust my technique accordingly. It's actually the reason I started playing more slide and playing more hybrid picking/fingerpicking

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Mark Badham posted this 12 February 2016

It's annoying but to rest from playing guitar regularly sometimes is the only way!!... speaking from experience!!!


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TiEsQue TiEsQue posted this 13 February 2016

I started developing some painful hand and back problems a few years back as a result of practicing the guitar, but I was able to overcome it. Firstly, and most importantly, correcting my playing posture did wonders. Getting everything into as close to a neutral alignment as possible alleviated a lot of pressure. Second, I switched to lighter gauge strings when practicing. I still prefer a heavier string for some things, but I try to do as many of my practice hours as I can with light strings. Especially for the monotonous stuff like running arpeggios and scales. It's saved a lot of wear and tear on my joints. I also got a DVD called "Healthy Hands, Wrists and Forearms". Very effective. It's like yoga for your hands and arms. has it. Also look up a Youtube video titled "Guitar players Physical Therapy". Also important is just remembering to relax when you're playing. Every so often take a short break, take a big exhale and remind yourself to relax. Good luck.

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