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Tendonitis is making me put the banjo down

Posted by edhanzel on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I do no know for how long, but I am having to put the banjo down till the Tendonitis is gone.  I have been having trouble with my right elbow the last several weeks.  At first I thought I slept on my arm wrong, but several days later and more pain, I wondered if I pulled a muscle.  I was wrong on both counts and realized that finger picking the banjo was making things worse. I am treating the Tendonitis and hoping I can pick up banjo again soon.   This is a big bummer since I have had more time to play while I am unemployed.  Had included some playing time almost daily as a reward for a good day job hunting.

Anyone else have to deal with Tendonitis and if so, how long does it take?



6 comments on “Tendonitis is making me put the banjo down”

Oalbrets Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @8:01:48 AM

I walked in the doctors office about five years ago to have my elbow checked thinking it was a pinched nerve or something. I came out of the office with a cast from my hand to me armpit. I was out of work for three months. I can still feel it to this day. Make sure you go to the therapy treatments as they worked wonders for my elbow. Good luck.

Peanutscreams Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @11:17:08 AM

Sorry to hear this Ed, I'll be down your way before too long, I guess a picking session for us is out of the question for now.

Take good care, wish you the best in recovery.

Butch B.

edhanzel Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @5:04:31 PM

Butch.....I will pull the picks out just for you...maybe a trip to Deering at the same time?

fixdent Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @5:21:15 PM

Tendonitis is a bummer. I've had it for years. Both arms. It never really goes away. It just getts a bit better.


rinemb Says:
Friday, April 26, 2013 @5:02:44 AM

I blew my elbow out in college football from a severe hyperextension. Treatment, ice and ultra-sound therapy. Result-not much help. So most of my adult life I have fought episodes of a painful elbow. 3 years ago I did it again, only this time with a hammer and anvil. Blacksmiths elbow-tendonitius on both sides. Very painful, lost some use of fingers for a while. Still hurts, can't afford time off that would be required for the surgery I know I need-if that is even still an option. I still play clawhammer style. I still do a little blacksmithing. No pain-no gain, no-pain, no play. But, dont follow my old "jock" attitude and situation with my consulting work. Ice pack it regularly, don't try to play through the pain. including wheel-barreling, carrying luggage, pushing a pencil, etc. Stabilize with an elastic brace, when trying to play. Then there is the ibupropen, oops I am not a doctor, I am though an idiot. Brad

Peanutscreams Says:
Friday, April 26, 2013 @10:41:15 AM

Now I feel really special Ed. A picking session would be fun, and a trip down to Deering great. Have to see how the schedules work out, I'll keep in touch buddy.

Butch B.

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