Trumpet Elbow!



  • I've been dealing with some tendonitis issues (with the inner side of my elbow) that gets aggravated when I play. I've been trying to support it by resting my elbow on the armrest of a chair (while playing) but it still gets fairly painful. The longer I play , the worse it gets.

    Anybody here ever have to deal with that type of thing? Looking for some advice or techniques... maybe some sort of brace thing??

    Playing one handed is cute for a few minutes but that gets old in a hurry!!

    Thanks...MH


  • Qualified Repair Techs

    While I haven’t had this myself, I have worked with people who did. It’s basically Tennis Elbow, and you should see your doctor and possibly physical therapist to take care of it. A lot of people get relief with ice and/or compression braces, so that could be part of the treatment.


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    @mrhappy said in Trumpet Elbow!:

    I've been trying to support it by resting my elbow on the armrest of a chair (while playing) but it still gets fairly painful. The longer I play , the worse it gets.

    Don't rest your elbow on the armrest of the chair. When I was in graduate school I had a heck of a time with aching elbows. A physician said I had "Student's Elbow". It's known as Olecranon Bursitis and I ended up with it due to hours at the library and studying at my desk. I was told to use an anti inflammatory and avoid leaning on my elbows. With that said, avoid direct pressure on the effected area. I guess Mom was right when she would say "Sit up straight and don't slouch"
    Here's the big take away- Use common sense. Don't depend on a blog or an internet site for a cure if your elbows are giving you fits. Go to a Doc-In-A-Box and have a physician look at it.



  • @Dr-Mark said in Trumpet Elbow!:

    Don't depend on a blog or an internet site for a cure if your elbows are giving you fits. Go to a Doc-In-A-Box and have a physician look at it.

    Amen!



  • No disagreement from me with the advice above concerning seeking qualified medical assistance. I would like to share the following, though. My right shoulder is messed up. From time to time I will do something to stir up my shoulder and/or arm. I find a little relief from trumpet playing discomfort during these times by simply switching to cornet for a while. The subtle differences in limb angles seem to make a difference. Of course, YMMV!

    Jim



  • My elbow sometimes hurts after playing for an extended period of time, but it always goes away by the next day or so.



  • Thanks for the replies... Making a doc appt this week (for an unrelated prob) so I'll just pile this on!

    I've had various tendonitis problems in the past and it will eventually go away, however I've had it last for a few years!



  • @Comeback said in [Trumpet Elbow!] I find a little relief from trumpet playing discomfort during these times by simply switching to cornet

    I've tried this but it makes it worse for me... Once I get close to a 90 degree elbow bend it aggravates it and due to the cornet being shorter, the elbow bend is a more severe angle.


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