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 Radial Tunnel Syndrome
Author: Will 
Date:   1999-07-12 01:06

I am a music major, and somehow I injured my right wrist/forearm in a practice session where i was going from clarinet to snare drum(for methods class). There was alot about carpal tunnel syndrome in the archives, but i was diagnosed with Radial Tunnel Syndrome. I suppose I am just another one of us that will have to live with pain while playing the clarinet. I am scared. The pain was horrible at first but hasn't totally gone away, the injury happened almost seven months ago. I have been to two ortho doctors, the first said i had lateral epicondilitis (tennis elbow), but I feel more confident about my current diagnosis. Anyone out there with a similar experience? I am planning to start physical therapy, any thoughts on that?
Thanks for reading,

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 RE: Radial Tunnel Syndrome
Author: mike 
Date:   1999-07-12 01:24

I have had simular problems, reputitious movements / limited range movements... mostly my problems are in the right thumb, wrist, elbow, shoulder and extending up the neck. I went to a chiropractor, that helped a bit, but he gave me exercises to do and a massage to do on my own... that seems to have done more good.... I wish you well, and hope you find relief from the pains....another method is prayer....

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 RE: Radial Tunnel Syndrome
Author: Kimberly 
Date:   1999-07-14 20:52

I have been having pain since I was hit by a stage prop while playing in the pit for a musical almost two years ago. I have found that it depends on the weather, my practice schedual, and if I have been doing the exercises i have found and warming up not only on the instrument but before I touch the instrument. It can be a long expensive road if you are going to the doctor over and over. The best is to ask them to help with what they can while you are there and to demonstrate different streaches and warmups to be done at home. After a month, go back if it isn't completely beter and get more suggestions. I wouldn't go every day or week since improvement will be gradual.

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 RE: Radial Tunnel Syndrome
Author: Karel Vahala 
Date:   1999-07-24 03:57

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you should be experiencing pain and tingling in the thumb, index and middle fingers, probably when playing, but especially at night. There may be radiating pain up the arm as far as the shoulder. It is caused by increase of pressure on the Median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel. It can be confirmed by nerve conduction studies, and if confirmed, remedied by a simple release operation.
Good luck, Karel.

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