Shoulder hurt after playing?
For some reason after I play guitar for about 30 mins my shoulder begins to hurt alot. I have a very comfortable strap and a light weight guitar. It happens whether I am standing or sitting. Any ideas how to stop this from occuring.
Thank you in advance,
bursitis? I think that is a correct spelling. the bursar is a pad or pillow in the shoulder joint that can become inflamed.
when mine swells I have some pain in the shoulder joint, but it really shows up in my hands; they tingle because the bursar pinches the nerve up in the shoulder. reduce the swelling and the pain and tingles go away.
my two cents.
I dont think it would be that because I dont feel any pain or even a slight tingle in my fingers.... what do u do to control it? Maybe it would work for me?
there are are number of things that can cause shoulder pain; arthritis maybe?
my regime for tendinitis and swollen bursa is ICE. I also do tiny rotations ...I lean forward letting my arm hang straight down and make tiny circles. twenty five for each arm. it helps massage and relax the muscles and tissues around the shoulder.
if I were you, I would watch/feel closely for when the pain begins and figure out what activity caused it.
of course, it is best to see a physician. then see a physical therapist. they have amazing answers and exercises that can nail the problem and help with the cure.
Thank you very much for the suggestions!
I think you have to think about your posture when you are playing. maybe try yoga excercises.
posture is a good point. how low or high you wear the guitar is also a consideration.
I've had constant pain in my left shoulder for about 3 months now, most probably caused by bad posture when playing (both guitar and lap steel). I believe, but can't say for sure, that I am pushing my shoulder forward when playing, and that's what caused it after several months of intense practicing.
Been through two anti-inflammatory cures and one month of physiotherapy without it helping much, except the physiotherapist gave me several useful exercises I try to go through every day.
So watch out for that shoulder, these kind of problems really needs to be taken seriously as soon as they appear, or they can become permanent (which I fear is the case with my shoulder). Currently I'm wearing a shoulder support brace and that helps a lot to relieve the pain since it keeps my shoulder in the correct position and warms it up to help the blood circulation, which is crucial for giving the shoulder a chance to heal itself. You may want to get one of these, or similar, and see if it helps:
Does your shoulder hurt the second you put your strap on? My doesnt hurt until Ive been playing for an hour or so. Ya but ill have to check one of those out.
It's become a more or less constant pain, at this point it doesn't matter much if I wear a guitar or not. Earlier on I didn't notice much while I was playing, the pain came after the gig/practice session.
The shoulder support brace helps, I put it on in the morning and wear it most of the day, it is almost as effective as taking painkillers and probably much healthier... :wink:
Constant pain is a sign you need to see a doctor or physical therapist, not be getting advice from a forum :D
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