Tendonitis: A Common Problem Amongst Musicians


Louisiana is known for its great food, southern hospitality, unique forestry and wildlife and of course: Music. Musicians thrive in the state of Louisiana simply because music thrives here. Louisiana gave America Jazz, and it lays claim to producing music legends such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Buddy Bolden and Wynton Marsalis. Jazz isn’t the only musical genre to come out of Louisiana. Zydeco and Cajun music is known all over the west of Louisiana, as well as country and gospel. However, musicians have a hard time with their overall health because of their lifestyle.
Although there are many causes of tendonitis, musicians should be wary of this condition because of the repetitive nature of the movement that is necessary to be proficient at playing an instrument. Tendonitis is an inflammatory condition of a tendon, often at a joint, especially the wrist, knee, or elbow. Under conditions of high muscle stress, it is caused by tearing and abrasions of a tendon. Typically, it is brought on by repeated controlled movements and effects not only musicians but typists, carpenters, assembly line workers, and tennis players.
Many doctors don’t know much about tendonitis and standard treatments include rest, immobilization with a splint, ice, and anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen. If tendonitis is already taking a toll on the musician, more harsh treatments, including cortisone injections and surgery may be necessary. Finding the right healthcare professional is extremely important when it comes to finding treatment for tendonitis.
LA Health Solutions has a team of experienced professionals that have treated patients suffering from tendonitis and serve Metairie, Kenner, New Orleans, and Slidell. If you start feeling aches and pains, do not delay. The longer you wait, the longer it takes to recover, lessening your chances of making a complete recovery. Our community needs happy and healthy musicians to stay one of the music capitals of the world, and we are working hard to make sure of that.