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01 Apr 2006

wrist frustration
hi physio

there's no short version to this story i'm sorry.

my problem is most frustrating.
i am a guitarist so i frequently use my wrists/fingers.

last year i saw a physio because my left wrist was sore. at its worst state there was a lump (not too big but noticeable). after much debate between the two main physios there, they diagnosed it as something (can't remember what). they told me to rest it and ice it. they also did acu-puncture and ultrasound. it never really got better so i didn't go back to physio.

it's very weird because i am able to do everything except push-ups. my left wrist just can't support my body weight. just recently i went to my GP to check it out. i told him my wrist was weak. he did some tests and said he can't see anything wrong with it at all. he suggested i get it x-rayed just in case, and thereafter visit a biokineticist. the x-ray revealed my wrist to be fine. the biokineticist, in my opinion, just seemed baffled and gave me a bunch of exercises to strengthen the wrist.

i don't know what to do. it feels like my wrist is gonna be like this forever. it feels like someone has taken a chunk of muscle out of my wrist and replaced it with something else that doesn't work like a muscle or something. or like it's slightly dislocated.

might i add that the physio and biokineticist i went to were the best in town. it's like nobody is taking me seriously.

yesterday i tried to do pushups with my fists clenched (knuckles on the floor) and i managed. but as soon as i put my hands flat, i couldn't do it.

please please help out.
i'm considering finding a "hand and wrist specialist".

bangle
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physiotherapist

01 Jan 0001

Hi Bangle

Lets move away from the wrist! From your guitaring there is a good chance your shoulder girdle is off balance, one system turns off so the body compensates by getting other muscles to do it. My feeling is if I tested you, you would have little shoulder control, which means biceps and triceps muscles are now having to control shoulder - do not control elbow, so wrist muscles now start controlling elbow..To do this they need to reduce their range of movement, and wrist stiffens as a result. Now you spend a lot of time forcing a stiff area to move - body says no in its best way which is pain.

E-mail me directly and tell me what you think of this little story!

Douglas
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