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Topic: DIP joint + finger tip pain  (Read 1227 times)

Offline adamol

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DIP joint + finger tip pain
on: August 14, 2021, 10:42:03 PM
Hi,

I have been practising Beethoven Op119 No1 for months (1 hour a day rougly) and this is a recording of it to give you an idea with my issue (its not a performance):


Since a few weeks I started feeling pain when playing Forte towards the end. I play it at the end of the video a few times to give you an idea of my hand and finger movement.
The pain is in the right hand's middle finger DIP joint and ring finger tip (and a bit DIP joint too).
The DIP joint feel slightly swollen when I bend it gently with my left hand.
When I played the pain was a stingy, "chockful" pain.
The pain has not relented, but came back every time I played piano and I stopped since a week. I have also been writing a thesis + playing computer games.
Now I am feeling the pain when clicking or even typing with especially middle finger.
I could try having time completely off computer and piano, but I wonder what else there is to do?

Also, I would love feedback if you notice something unusual with the hand technique that could cause the pain.
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Offline lelle

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Re: DIP joint + finger tip pain
Reply #1 on: August 16, 2021, 11:58:30 PM
Hey man, sorry to hear that you are in pain. First of all I'd seek medical advice, since you have no guarantees that anybody here on this forum knows what they are talking about or what you should do to safely heal. Resting and stopping activities that aggravate the issue is probably not a bad idea.

You look quite tense when you play and that can often cause physical issues. Likewise if you tense at the computer (neck/shoulder tension is common).

Offline scientistplayspiano

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Re: DIP joint + finger tip pain
Reply #2 on: September 20, 2021, 07:26:57 PM
Sorry to hear about your pain, hope you are getting better now. There is another thread on the board talking about injury, unfortunately it seems pain is very common for all piano players.

Could this be a viral infection, it was in my case one year ago. You obviously have already played a while. You are using arm weight, and your movement looks fine. However, I do think your wrist is not steady, the fingers are not relaxed, but it is hard to tell from the video, it is best to find a teacher to diagnose the issue. Here are a few videos may help you about the basics of wrist movement and forearm rotation:



Offline anacrusis

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Re: DIP joint + finger tip pain
Reply #3 on: September 20, 2021, 07:36:41 PM
Sorry to hear about your pain, hope you are getting better now. There is another thread on the board talking about injury, unfortunately it seems pain is very common for all piano players.

Could this be a viral infection, it was in my case one year ago. You obviously have already played a while. You are using arm weight, and your movement looks fine. However, I do think your wrist is not steady, the fingers are not relaxed, but it is hard to tell from the video, it is best to find a teacher to diagnose the issue. Here are a few videos may help you about the basics of wrist movement and forearm rotation:



I see you promote a lot of videos with this teacher, is it you?
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