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Tendonitis is Cutting into my BANJO TIME

Posted by Paula_DHJ on Thursday, March 27, 2008

Man, this really sucks.  For the last week or so I have had really bad tendonitis in my left shoulder.  I don't know if something I did at work flared it up or if it is from playing the banjer too much.  I took a night off of playing, and then I played for a while and it started getting worse again.  I tried putting on the capo so I wouldn't have to  hold my arm out so far... but it is still bothering me.... dang it all.  This happens to me every now and then and it drives me nuts.  By the time the tendonitis is cleared up, I have a severe case of banjo withdrawl.  Oh well, what can ya do?

6 comments on “Tendonitis is Cutting into my BANJO TIME”

brawny1 Says:
Thursday, March 27, 2008 @7:33:08 PM

I had to go and see a physical therapist last time I had trouble. Couldn't hold a thing in my left hand don't ya know, 1 week of that and off I went to see the Doc. I said "Doc, I can't go on like this I need to get back to practicing my banjo. Oh , yeah and I can't do my job either." And off she sends me to see the therapist. 2 weeks and 4 trips to him later, and I got my banjo back on line. 2 weeks more and I was back to work building houses...... Got to get your priorities in order! Get better fast! Brian

clio Says:
Thursday, March 27, 2008 @8:57:23 PM

My constant banjo playing brought on bursitus or tennis elbow, a painful swelling in the elbow. My M.D. drained it twice, then sent me to a specialist who surgically removed the left bursa. That was a year ago, and now my right elbow is swelling. Oh what pain we bear for our banjos!!

PruchaLegend Says:
Friday, March 28, 2008 @1:10:33 AM

Tendonitis is normally caused by gripping something too hard for too long and it is normally felt at the elbow (hence 'tennis elbow' because tennis players grip their rackets so hard). You may be aggravating your tendons by squeezing too hard with your left hand. Only takes a little pressure to hold the strings down. Try to not use more than necessary. Just a thought. Hope it helps.

Lynne Says:
Friday, March 28, 2008 @8:07:15 AM

I recently went through the same thing. I had to rest my left arm on my desk to play. I think I had hurt it doing overhead triceps presses with a tube. Anyway went to the doctor he gave me a cortisone shot in the shoulder and sent me off to physical therapy. 2 weeks of that plus doing the exercises at home and I can hold up my arm now.

LindaBanjo Says:
Friday, March 28, 2008 @2:33:07 PM

One of the vertabrae may be out in your neck, that has happened to me before.... and it gets you in your shoulder!  A good chiropractor, could probably fix you quickly for $30.00/ session or so depending on your medical coverage.  check it out... Dinla


LindaBanjo Says:
Friday, March 28, 2008 @2:35:36 PM

Try making your practice sessions shorter & more frequent than going for say 2 hours straight... less stress on your shoulder that way, good luck



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