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What you are experiencing could be what I would call an overuse injury caused by repetitive stress to muscles, tendons and joints without adequate rest for recovery. Many athletes experience this type of injury and it is often exacerbated by using improper form. But even if using proper form, continual stress without adequate recovery time can lead to a ...


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What to do while you're not playing I agree with the other answers that you should probably rest your hands for at least 2 weeks, then take it slow. 15 min first day, 30 min second day, no more than an hour for the first week or so of playing. If there's no pain, then you can relax these restraints. But this doesn't mean you should stop practicing! Now is ...


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Which arm? Picking or fretting hand? I see you say classical. The strain may be due to a change in position, especially if you mostly play electric then tried acoustic (classical) for the first time. I can't tell from your post if you are mainly a professional classical guitarist or like I said a guitarist who started classical recently. I fall into ...


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As a drummer I had some pretty severe tendinitis in my wrists and found that changing the height of a few drums and my throne forced me to sit with better posture and this help tremendously. I also changed the way I was gripping my sticks. This may be completely different for your situation but some things that you may be able to try: Get a teacher to take ...


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This isn't a musical answer but have you already visited your doctor about this? While RSI/Carpal Tunnel can be combated by changes in how you go about your life, there are also treatments which can make a massive difference, for instance surgery which "frees up" your wrists. You should probably visit the doctor anyway for general exercises and advice on ...


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