The following are discussions I've had regarding Carpal Tunnel syndrome in the last couple of months. Tim Janof Excuse this request: I have used many search engines to no avail. Briefly, my wife is starting to learn the cello, but has run into problems holding the bow. She has had carpal tunnel and flexor tendon operations, and the usual position gives great pain. The teacher cannot help. I wondered if there was any supplier of, or design for, attachments to be clipped to the bow to enable people with "problem hands" to play? Your answer, even if negative, will be much appreciated. Sincerely, R.H. I am a professional cellist suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. My doctors suggest surgery. Is there anyone out there who has been through surgery and survived/ not survived? I would love to talk to a fellow musician who has been through this operation and come out the other end. S.F. I am a "semi" expert (rheumatologist) and see lots of people with carpal tunnel syndrome [the most common cause of median neuritis] and I certainly confirm what was just said ... be sure the diagnosis is accurate (typically by checking electrophysiologic testing and careful history and exam) and get a grip on what can be fixed surgically . usually it's just the neuritic portion (numb, tingling, dysesthetic sensations on the thumb half of the hand/fingers, sometimes accompanied by arm aching) and not any musculotendinous soreness on moving the wrist, which is often mistaken for carpal tunnel syndrome. A strain syndrome in various tendons should not be addressed surgically. L. Amen. I used a wrist splint, recommended by my doctor and the symptoms went away. Incidentally, I believe using my computer contributed as much to the problem and probably more than playing the cello. I appreciated Tim Janof's reminder not to bend your left wrist while playing.
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