"Fifty to 70 percent of musicians who practice four to five hours a day are playing in pain," Dr. Due notes. Technique, poor posture and weak muscle groups are often to blame for muscle strains, sprains and tendonitis. Overuse syndromes like trigger finger (a finger locked in bent position) are common. Sometimes, "physically limiting variants" such as small hands, arthritis, hypermobile or unstable fingers contribute to problems, he adds.
To get musicians back to peak performance, Dr. Due and the hand therapists focus on total body exercise and fitness, basic healthy habits and instrument-specific treatment. Dr. Due - an aspiring guitar player himself - is soliciting the help of a local music instructor so he can better understand the stresses various instruments put on the body. "I thought I should learn more about what it takes to play all of these things," he says, "so that when patients come in, I can understand what they're talking about."
Dr. Due is a board-certified hand and wrist surgeon, a member of the Performing Arts Medical Association and a Cincinnati Magazine "Top Doctor" for six years in a row. To learn more about Dr. Due, click HERE.