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Why does my wrist suddenly hurt from playing guitar?

Author : VG

Submitted : 2018-02-20 00:10:13    Popularity:     

Tags: suddenly  wrist  hurt  guitar  playing  

I have been playing guitar for a few months, and recently I have been practicing a LOT, like more than three hours a day. And all the sudden now when I play my wrist feel slightly sore, especially when i make barre chords. Itook a 24 hour break from guita

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Barre chords put a lot of strain on your wrist.

Danny has, as usual, given great advice and I agree with what he says.

I guess we all assume the pain is a result of you playing more than usual. I'd say that it's most important that you stop playing until it doesn't hurt. If playing caused it continuing to play can only make it worse.

If resting it for a while doesn't help then I'd say see a doctor. That's what I did when I had a really sore elbow. I was given an injection and some excercises to do and I'm fine now.

I'd also suggest a session with a good, professional guitar teacher who can check out your technique and maybe point out problems with your posture or technique that are causing the pain.

I really don't think it's possible to provide you with a diagnosis, as some people have tried to do, without someone has medical qualifications and has examined you.

Good luck, hope you're soon okay.

Good Q, VG. Your open profile (thanks for that) indicates you're a 16 yr old male, with athletic and health interests, so here we are. I'm a very old man who's played lots since about 1963 (age 17).
First off, stop playing until it doesn't hurt to. Until/unless you are gigging and have to play through pain sometimes, nothing is served by suffering.
So then, "why" has this happened? I can't address changes your still-maturing body is going through, your diet and nutrition, and possible sports field injuries you may not have thought much of at the time. Just a focus on the guitar...

Many (self-taught) players practice sitting on the edge of a bed or chair, all hunched up, which puts one's body in an unhealthy position. Instead, use a harder, armless chair, or better yet a stool. Even better, use a guitar strap (with your guitar's best friend, strap-locs), get set to play standing up, then rest your behind on that stool.

Try to find a comfortable position where the guitar is about over your belly button, neck up a bit from horizontal, and your fretting arm/hand can easily rise up just like picking up a plate or cup. Again, some young rockers sling it way too low, and are forced to over-curl that wrist. That may look kewl, but it decreases your playing options and increases risks of the subject pain.

The extent of your practice - sometimes more than 3 hrs - is too much for most. Pain and blisters, the old played-til-my-fingers-bled stuff, is too much. Even when I faced a 5-set gig, we took breaks (usually 45 up, then 15 down), and still recovered over the next few days.

The guitar itself may need some attention. If it's a typical "starter" guitar, it should be checked for set-up, particularly re neck relief and string height (esp at the nut). I'm assuming it's an electric, where that's pretty easy (for a tech, not you). Second in that process is talking string gauges. Pardon the shop-talk, but you may benefit from going lighter, like from "10's to 9's". All together, it can be an amazing change in playability.

Barre chording is a beast for most new players, no matter what. Take it easy.

I've gone on (and on), and will stop, hoping I've helped. Once I get a look at my answer, 'might be back. For backround music, here's a link handed to us from Hurricain this week... Wish I was that young again...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJg4OJxp... ...

you have RSI Repetative Strain Injury. You need to take a rest and give your wrist a chance to heal.

Like any repetitive motion. Do it enough and you will cause inflammation and strain in joints and muscles. So, first and foremost, don't play with pain. This only aggravates the situation.

1. Check your form. Endless practicing of bad form will lock bad form into muscle memory and is ultimately counterproductive. Its best to have your form checked by an knowledgable instructor. This includes your posture, your guitar's position, the angle of your wrist and hands, etc. and you have to be aware of not "pressing the neck" too hard. Just enough to sound notes clearly is all you want and need.
2. You must learn the play-relax method which requires you to relax your wrist, hands, whatever while playing, i.e do not allow tension to continue to build and mount in your hands, you have to relax to play well, to play for extended periods of time, to gain endurance and use your strength effectively.
3. RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation is always the answer to "sudden" inflamed joints and muscles.

you have stressed the muscle around your wrist because you have used it too much. a 24 hour break is not going to fix it, take a week break. as a guitar player myself this happens to me sometimes (usually when doing alot of barre chords as well), its just the angle your wrist is at
when doing barre chords which isnt 'normal' which is why it causes stress on the muscle



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