Monday, July 20, 2009

Classical pianists face heightened risk of carpal tunnel injury

The Sacramento Bee carried a story July 15 by Edward Ortiz on carpal tunnel syndrome for musicians, who do not like to admit (or cannot afford to admit) to a music performance related injury. The Scripps Howard link is here. The most vulnerable seem to be classical pianists, and sometimes surgery is necessary. The article recommends changing practice habits and techniques. I don’t recall anything like this from my nine years of piano as a boy, but I never experienced this kind of intensity of practice.

The story appears on p 27 in print in the DC Examiner July 20.

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