Why do my finger joints hurt when I play guitar?

Why do my finger joints hurt when I play guitar?

The trauma results from making constant, repetitive contact with the harsh material of the strings. Over time, this repeated pressing wears away the top layer of skin, exposing the more sensitive and nerve-dense dermal layer underneath. Trying to keep playing with exposed fingertip tissue is painful enough.

How do you fix a sore finger when playing guitar?

How to Ease Sore Fingertips from Guitar Playing

  1. Start out slow. In the beginning your fingers will be very sensitive and easily irritated from pressing the strings.
  2. Get correct strings.
  3. Adjust your action.
  4. Practice without pressing the strings.
  5. Let the calluses develop.

How do you fix a sore index finger?

Finger joint pain home remedies

  1. Rest your finger joints.
  2. Apply ice to the injury to help with pain and swelling.
  3. Use pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  4. Use topical pain relief cream or ointment.
  5. Use a topical counterirritant cream or ointment with menthol or capsaicin.

Is playing guitar bad for arthritis?

Fortunately, there’s no evidence to suggest that playing guitar causes arthritis or makes it worse. In fact, playing the guitar can actually relieve the pain caused by arthritis! Since arthritis affects everyone differently, there are no hard and fast rules for playing guitar with it.

How do I stop my joints from hurting when I play guitar?

Here are the five ways to reduce joint and finger pain from playing guitar.

  1. Stretch before you play. So basic, so simple, yet so few do it.
  2. If it hurts, stop. This is another deceptively simple piece of advice.
  3. Always apply measured increments.
  4. Pick the right gear.
  5. Keep a relaxed playing position.

How do you relieve finger pain?

Home Care

  1. Remove any rings in case of swelling.
  2. Rest the finger joints so they can heal.
  3. Apply ice and elevate the finger.
  4. Use over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or naprosyn (Aleve) to reduce both pain and swelling.
  5. If needed, buddy tape the injured finger to the one next to it.

Can you have arthritis in just one finger?

Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the small joints of your wrists, hands and fingers. It usually affects the same joints on both sides of your body. For instance, if arthritis affects finger joints one hand, it’s likely to affect the finger joints on your other hand too.

Why do my fingers hurt when I play guitar?

Joint pains can result from irritated nerves from the neck. The joints receive their nerve supply mostly from the radial nerve – which stems from the lower neck. Irritation of the lower neck can result in joint pains down in the fingers! Think back to any neck injuries or previous neck complaints.

What to do for joint pain in guitarists?

I often recommend that people with joint pains begin taking Essential Fatty Acids, such as Borage oil and flaxseed oil daily to help their bodies regulate the inflammatory response better. Secondly, I recommend glucosamine sulfate for joint pain conditions.

How long does it take for finger pain to go away?

Six to ten hours after playing a 40 minute set (normally the next morning) I experience a sharp pain in the first knuckle of the ring finger of my left hand (I am right handed). In addition their is considerable swelling and stiffness which subsides with icings, anti-inflammatory drugs (Aleve), and rest within two days.

When to take Aleve for finger and joint pain?

In addition their is considerable swelling and stiffness which subsides with icings, anti-inflammatory drugs (Aleve), and rest within two days. The pain seems the worst when their is side to side force on the finger (e.g. when string bending). Any ideas you have would be welcome. A: There’s a few things that can be happening here.