Elbow Health Risks When reviewing the upper arm into the elbow and to the fore arm, the potential health risks are as follows: bursitis, degenerative joint disease, fractures of open reduction internal fixation (fix broken bones), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), sprains, strains, fractures, dislocation, arthritis and tendonitis (North Cypress Sports Medicine Centre. 2012). Though some of these risks are sports related, it is important to be aware of the transfer of these as they can too affect musician and should not be dismissed simply because they are known as sports injuries. When reviewing Chris Crippin in his solo, the arm extends and flexes vigourously to hit various instruments at a
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However, some of the wrist guards seen are also supportive reducing the risk to not only the wrist, but the hand, fingers and thumb. Injuries, and disorders include: sprains, thumb sprains, wrist sprains, bone injuries such as fractures, dislocation of the pip joint, soft and closed tendon injuries such as DeQuervain's Syndrome, ECU Tendonitis, carpel tunnel and Boutonnière Deformity (Beth Israel Deaconess, Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. March 2011). Another health concern for a percussionist would be focal hand dystonia, sometimes referred to as occupational cramps (Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. 2010). Dystonia Medical Research Foundation has found this disorder to present predominantly in violinist and pianist (2012); nonetheless, this should not exclude the potential diagnosis from percussionists.
Chris Crippins’ expose to potential injury in hands is intensified by the constant vibrations moving from the drum into the hand an up the arm. This strain applied to the wrist on a regular basis, increases the likelihood of injuries to occur. Great care should be taken in maintaining the strength and flexibility of the wrist, to ensure the ability to continue to play. Treatments
With some of these injuries, there are preventative measures which percussionist could use, such as stretching and strengthening exercises. However, once the damage is done, there is an onslaught of potential treatments available for the