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Old 01-31-2010, 04:12 AM
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Drummin' tennis elbow blues


I recently resumed playing drums after maybe a 30-year layoff, and I'm having some trouble with tennis elbow pain (lateral epicondilytis.) Drumming never used to cause this problem.
I know it's tennis elbow because I got tennis elbow really bad and had to quit playing tennis for about a year. I think that bad episode probably affected my elbow permanently, and now that I've resumed drumming, my hand and arm movements while drumming are just aggravating the bad elbow.
I'm using ice, resting it, doing an "eccentric" exercise with a flexible bar that I read about in the New York Times, wearing my tennis elbow band when I play, and I'm even thinking about taking up religion. Cortisone shots are out due to medical advice I have received.
Have any of you drummers out their had this problem, and do you have any tips?
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:51 PM
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Re: Drummin' tennis elbow blues


i have no tips for you, i am sorry...

but if you arent religious, go Roman Catholic its the oldest christian religion and the best

good luck
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:16 PM
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Re: Drummin' tennis elbow blues


One of my accidental specialties in teaching percussion is dealing with these medical difficulties. Among others I have worked with a parapalegic, who had no body control below his shoulderblades, a few elderly who took up drumming for health, and several with wrist and elbow problems simular to yours.
I really need to understand your set=up and playing style to assist you. But off hand I would suggest modifying your setup to keep your movements relaxed and in close but not too close of a proximity to your body. Try getting your setup up to where you can keep your arms at a relaxed and nearly level height. Then start working towards more of a wrist based action. Avoid heavy hitting. With good hand and wrist technigue you should be able to still develope some good power strokes and take the load of your Elbows.
I hope this helps.
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Re: Drummin' tennis elbow blues


Hey, thanks, Stickman! Makes sense. I'll give it a shot. Appreciate it much.
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Hallelujah, Butter!
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Re: Drummin' tennis elbow blues


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I recently resumed playing drums after maybe a 30-year layoff, and I'm having some trouble with tennis elbow pain (lateral epicondilytis.) Drumming never used to cause this problem.
I know it's tennis elbow because I got tennis elbow really bad and had to quit playing tennis for about a year. I think that bad episode probably affected my elbow permanently, and now that I've resumed drumming, my hand and arm movements while drumming are just aggravating the bad elbow.
I'm using ice, resting it, doing an "eccentric" exercise with a flexible bar that I read about in the New York Times, wearing my tennis elbow band when I play, and I'm even thinking about taking up religion. Cortisone shots are out due to medical advice I have received.
Have any of you drummers out their had this problem, and do you have any tips?
Hey I had this issue last term, currently studying the drums at college. I am in my forties and only started playing a couple of years ago. Recently I had tried to consenteate on relaxing my wrist movements and this seems to have helped.
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Re: Drummin' tennis elbow blues


Thank you so much for the tip. I'll try it. Not sure I would have thought about relaxing wrist movements, so I appreciate the help.
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Absolutely Right On!! I really should have included that. My bad. Yes, Its very very important to keep you muscles relaxed. That doesn't mean a loose grip. it does mean that having too tense of a grip and too tense of muscles will cause harm and really slow down what you can do. Relaxation is a must if your trying to develop as a drummer.
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Thanks again, Stickman. I definitely feel like I have some good things to try now. Much appreciated.
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Your welcome Extreme! Let me know how things go.
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