I will give you quick answers. Please forgive me if I am too blunt. I think you have to get this fixed asap before it really interferes with your quality of life.
I can say with 95% certainty you have a nerve impingement from your symptoms. You need to go to a professional today to get this checked out. Only hands on diagnosis will lead you to the correct treatment.
Very good chance it is the drumming as it’s what you do the most frequently. Try stopping for 2 wks to see if your symptoms lessen in severity.
- Rotator cuff could be weak - try doing abducting/adducting cable rotator cuff exercises.
If the problem is here, you would likely feel it mainly in your shoulder. Is there where the symptoms first started? Are you doing strengthening exercises for external rotation? Is there a difference between arms in strength? If so, this could be it, or an aspect of your injury that you can work on easily in the gym. Google for rotator cuff exercises for some ideas.
2. Core stability could be weak - try improving on that aspect.
Crap. What do your shoulder, arm and wrist have to do with your core? At the least this is an unhelpful comment as it’s so broad. What aspect of core stability is weak? What do you work on? I don’t think there’s a direct relation, though poor posture can predispose you to certain problems.
- Use gloves more often, if not always, as constant grinding/gripping with your hands on metal bars can damage nerve endings in your hands & fingers and lead to wrist inflammation.
Complete crap (no offence). Who on earth thinks this is likely??? I hope this did not come from a fitness professional as it’s pure garbage.
4. Stretch your back over a Swiss ball to help open the thoracic section of your spine. That might feel nice but I don’t think it will help your shoulder, arms and wrist problem unless they are directly related to your posture and you are stoop shouldered.
5. See an osteopath, get your back cracked, pay lots of money to them.
This is the smartest suggestion. A word of warning however, osteopaths love to cut you so I would see a physiotherapist etc first. I severely doubt a chiropractor can help you, but there are some excellent ones out there who would be great to have on your team. If you’re worried about money, get some health insurance that covers these kind of therapies, suffer through the waiting period and then go. Not ideal but will save you cash.
The latest thing I have seen which may or may not help are wrist supports and gloves from the following company, but to me these look not much different from the normal wrist supports and gloves available. Anyone used these?
You’ll never know until you try. What do you have to lose?
Good luck with this. If I were you, the first thing I’d do is the classic RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) with massage and very regular stretching. Also I’d eliminate possible causes one by one, starting with drumming as that’s what you do the most. I’d do it one at a time so I’d know which it was as opposed to dropping everything.
As far as weight training goes, I wouldn’t presume to advise except to stop using barbells for any exercise and to review your previous training to see if there are any imbalances (more pushing Vs pushing etc)
As a fitness professional, you have to be in good shape and it will enhance your skills if you know how to find help in case of injury. So you can call this on the job learning. And it may even be tax deductable as it’s business related. Use this as an opportunity to increase your skills. I would see a physiotherapist and pick their brain. Maybe mention to them that you could steer clients to them if they give you free treatment or a reduced fee?
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Sxio - thanks for your comments. They are well received, and I didn’t find them blunt in the slightest.
I have booked up with an osteo as over the years I have seen many physios that haven’t been able to help. I’ve had the wraps on the last couple of days and not picked up my sticks in three days (something VERY difficult to do when you are in love with your instrument and music). Some of the pain seems to have subsided so it is highly likely the drumming is the main issue.
The symptoms had originally started in my shoulder, spreading to my bicep and then wrist more recently, so I think it’s a whole chain effect as well as a direct effect from the drumming. Hopefully this osteo can shed some light. I have found though, I don’t really have massive imbalances in strength as I can normally push through the pain. Or at least until recently I could.
I agree with all your comments and suggestions and in a couple of weeks will post up a small update on how things are going so you can see the results of which bits worked out best.
Take care for now mate!