Is it possible to relax your hands (wrists) for playing piano at 26yo or is it too late?

I am a male, a programmer by trade, so my wrists are already a problem. I used to do gymnastics for many years so my hands a little bit clamped. It saves only that I played the guitar a little, so the right hand is more flexible, but it surprisingly hurts the most from playing.

Can I do something with this? Want to play a lot but my hands hurt :(

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    Victor Borge was still playing at 90, so there's time yet. If you have, or suspect, a medical condition, see a doctor. We are not doctors.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 10, 2022 at 17:38
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    My sympathies for your hand pain... it is surely deal-with-able at your young age, but you should see a doc and physical therapist about a "come-back" from your current state. Apr 11, 2022 at 1:58
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    It’s not too late at all. I’m almost 49 and have made significant progress in this area. One thing to start with is plenty of sleep, good diet, and cardio 3+ times a week. It’s helped me a lot to give up caffeine and cut way back on sugar also. Apr 11, 2022 at 3:19
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    The same as with with any physical activity, it helps to start with short sessions and gradually work on your endurance. For what other activities do, I found that practicing karate improved my piano playing too.
    – ojs
    Apr 11, 2022 at 11:24
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    I’m voting to close this question because it needs to be addressed with a doctor. After a diagnosis is made, the question could be updated to ask for practice techniques in line with the doctor's recommendation.
    – Aaron
    Apr 11, 2022 at 18:28

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Almost every change in behavior especially physical movements, repetition, weight, strengthening, rotation is going together with some pain or hurt. Just start slightly and don't practice excessively and take a rest if you get an inflamation - or better before!

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