Tendon Injury?

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  1. 6stringcowboy

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    Lead guitar player and I were having a bit of a guitar only practice last evening and I was up the neck reaching for a note and I felt something in my left forearm "pop" and felt like a lightning bolt ran through my palm and forearm. It also made me release the neck in an almost violent manner. It kind of freaked me out as I also think I heard whatever happened internally. Sounds really weird.

    After, I can move everything, but any load on my ring finger really lights up what I assume is the tendon that controls the finger, both in the palm and at a discernible location about 8 inches from my wrist back towards my shoulder, i.e. not the entire length of the tendon.

    Guess I need to make an appointment with an orthopedist but have any of you experienced anything akin to this? In the meantime, should I treat with pressure (this seems to allow me to load the finger a bit more than without) heat, cold, nothing?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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    I have no advice other than IF I were in your position I would not be playing guitar until I got medical diagnosis and guidance. Continued use could make matters worse.
     
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    Find out what's wrong before you start treating it, you could easily make things worse.
     
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    Agreed. Don’t try to treat it yourself. And don’t play. I broke my left index finger on a table saw years ago. I didn’t realize how bad it was and continued playing guitar (painfully) for a few weeks. Finally had it looked at and I’d done so much damage that they had to immobilize it for 6 weeks! Then two months of therapy to get it back moving.
     
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    I had tendinitis to the ring finger. Some pain and a nodule (like a very small knot) on the tendon in the palm, and when you do that kind of movement (closing the hand with a flexion of the wrist, or playing the guitar) the nodule will catch up and « pop » and hurt. That may be cured with some medication, a lot of rest, and so on... so you need a medical appointment. It has kept me away from playing for months. Now I do stretching and I avoid playing for too long.

    I understand that you fear something more extreme than a tendinitis, like a tendon rupture or muscule tear, but it seem to me that it is unlikely to happen during such a low effort action. And the pain would be constant. Anyway you need medical advice.
     
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    See your Primary Care Doctor and let them examine you and get you on the path to healing. Sounds painful. Best wishes for a great recovery. If it was me I would keep my arm immobilized as much as possible.
     
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    Update: Ruptured tendon. Seeing hand surgeon Wednesday to see if surgery is required.
     
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    :eek: Sorry to hear that.

    I wish you a good recovery.
     
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    I sprained a tendon bad in my thumb 5 years ago, it probably took 2 years to heal. I too heard a VERY loud pop followed by swelling.

    Went to an Urgent Care. Should have followed up with a Dr. for some physical therapy but i'm stubborn. Good luck.
     
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    sorry to hear about your injury. I am currently recovering from a torn achilles tendon, and these types of injuries are no joke. I hope your surgery and recovery go well.

    Do you mind describing the hand position, or the stretch you were doing in more detail? Also, did you warmup/stretch beforehand or were you already warm? What do you think caused things to snap? Before i went into achilles surgery, I was thinking about these things and realized there was a perfect storm of small things -- dehydated, newly surfaced tennis courts, the medication i was on, etc.
     
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    Thanks for asking. I was up around 15th fret. I am about 80% self taught and my mechanics are not what they should be but old bad habits are hard to break. Instead of keeping my thumb evenly opposed to my fingers, I bent my wrist to get as far as I could reach and was fretting with ring and pinky when it popped. I had not warmed up with any exercises and now that you mention it, more than likely dehydrated.

    I am leery of surgery and am extremely hopeful it can be healed with rest and exercise.
     
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    Good luck with it,, Cowboy.
     
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    Fix it before it turns chronic
     
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    Ouch! I didn't honestly think it would be that serious. Take care of it and get well soon.
     
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    Wow, that’s a new guitar hazard to me. I hope that turns out as well as possible for ya Cowboy.
     
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    You described the arm version of when I ruptured my Achilles tendon. You need a good sports medicine doc. Sorry for what you are about to endure.
     
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    So, update, no surgery will be required.

    Minor tear/rupture. Surgeon said "remember, surgery could always make it worse" and "if it hurts, don't do it! "
     
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    I took a big fall, about 7-8 feet, on Aug 2nd. It was in the dark and I broke my leg and ankle as I fell,,,and not sure how I landed but the result of the landing was also that I tore/chipped of a small piece of bone in my wrist. My ankle surgeon also caring for the wrist and looking at x-ray...said no surgery..just wear a brace for 4-6 weeks. I haven't seen a hand specialist.

    I've had to use my wrist because of the broken ankle, needing crutches. Of course, all injuries are different but at 3.5 weeks, I couldn't play guitar for more than a minute. At 5 weeks I could play for about 15 minutes. At 7 weeks I played for about 40 minutes.

    I'm coming up on 8 weeks. I am still not playing often, I still have a fair amount of pain every minute of the day but at 5 weeks the Doc said to stop with the brace and start using the wrist more to get muscle/tendons/etc moving and work out scar tissue.

    I would definitely completely rest it for a while, for weeks,,,and expect pain as it starts to come back. Good luck, it sucks, but you'll get it back.
     
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    Ouch damn that sucks.
    Half my fingers are getting ornery but no sudden pains, I try to keep them working without over doing it.
    Hahahahahahahahaha!
    Not my strong suit, moderation.
    I would have suggested ice and an anti inflammatory, I take as much Tylenol and aleve as my doc thinks my liver and kidneys can handle plus a turmeric supplement because a few members here claim it helped them.
    Not just for my hands though, plenty of old injuries.

    There are a lot of food based anti inflammatory compounds that don’t have the harmful side effects of nsaids and I try to use those solutions along with meds.
    Lots of EV olive oil too so the liver stays healthy with the meds beating on it.
    Good luck getting healed up and managing all the mechanical parts, keeps us busy one way or another.
     
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    Great news!
     
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