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Being a drummer is dangerous!

As a professional, semi-professional or amateur player you run the risk of a number of things which potentially could harm your playing career or have wide-reaching impact in other or all areas of your life.

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  • Fatigue (sleeping at the wheel, underperformance in other sessions etc..)
  • Undernutrition (McDonalds ain't that nutritious at 4am)
  • Dehydration
  • Having equipment stolen
  • choosing between the thug with your cymbals & the thug with your snare
  • etc etc.

This section could potentially include items such as drinking & driving or exposure to illicit substances, however I assume that common sense will prevail and that these will not require to be an issue for inclusion

Carpal Tunnel Release Procedure
The operation is called a "Carpal Tunnel Release”. It is a relatively minor operation and can be done on an outpatient basis. The basic steps are as follows: ·

Carpal Tunnel Release ProcedureThe basic steps are as follows: ·

  • Step 1: A Small incision less than 2 inches is made at the base of the palm of the hand.

  • Step 2: An incision is made through the structure called the Palmar Fascia. It rests under the base of the skin. Taking full note as to where the Median nerve is to prevent damage it is gently moved out of the way by the surgeon.

  • Step 3: Once the Median Nerve is out of the way a cut with a scalpel is done on the Transverse Carpal Ligament. Once the Transverse Carpal Ligament is cut the pressure on the Median Nerve is terminated.

  • Step 4: Once the Median Nerve is checked to be satisfactory the skin incision is sutured.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Note. The proper place for dealing with CTS is at your doctor or suitably qualified specialist. This page is for information only , you should not rely on any of the content in any way whatsoever in the course of the treatment of your CTS, no responsibility is accepted for any loss or pain or any other condition whatsoever arising from your use of this material.

Huge thanks are due to Randale Sechrest of the Medical Multimedia Group, James Clay and Paul Martin for their permission to use text and images for this page.

See the operation (video) Contains graphic close-up images

Many thanks to Ged Keeley for sharing his images and those of his procedure

cts_my_space.jpg (100127 bytes) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome For drummers and percussionists, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common problem that affects the hand and wrist causing pain, numbness and a decrease in functionality.  It may be viewed as a form of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).  CTS is caused by pressure on the Median Nerve from inflamed tendons or by a thickening of the covering of the tendon within the wrist.

"A word about chiropractic and wrist pain: many things can cause symptoms that resemble carpal tunnel syndrome, one of which is a problem with the root of the nerve at the seventh neck vertebra. If that's the problem, then a spinal adjustment might be helpful, along with other treatments near the source. But if that treatment gets rid of the problem, then it wasn't really carpal tunnel syndrome." Paul R Martin - Neurosurgeon , McHenry, Illinois

The Carpal Tunnel

The Carpal Tunnel is a 'ring' of bone and ligament in the wrist made up of bones called Carpals and the transverse carpal ligament.  This space is designed to accommodate the Median Nerve and nine flexor tendons, it is a tight fit.


Blasting Music

Blasting music

...can be hard on the ears and the neighbors, and now researchers say it can also pack enough punch to collapse a lung. Reporting in the medical journal Thorax, they describe the cases of four young men who suffered a lung collapse -- technically called pneumothorax -- that appeared to be triggered by loud music. Three of the men were at a concert or club when the pneumothorax occurred, while the fourth was in his car, which was outfitted with a 1,000-watt bass box because he "liked to listen to loud music." Today's the Day.

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