Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Musician Related Injuries

Whether it is in the form of singing or playing a musical instrument, a musician’s performance can be very physically challenging. Demanding compositions, sustained postures, and the repetitive nature of practice routines and performance can place repeated and prolonged stresses on the body.

The physical demands on the body are often compounded by the fact that many musicians continue to play their instrument despite experiencing symptoms of pain. It is not surprising that nearly 90% of musicians will suffer from a playing related musculoskeletal disorder (PRMD) at some point in their career.

A playing related disorder has been defined as ‘Pain, weakness, tingling, or other symptoms which interfere with a musician’s ability to play their instrument at the level they are accustomed to.’ The overwhelming majority of PRMD are repetitive strain or overuse injuries accounting for up to 80% of all reported musician related injuries. Commonly injured areas include Hand and wrist 41%, shoulder 35%, lumbar spine 26%, forearm and elbow 21%, Scapulo thoracic 15%. Below is a link to some of the most common PRMD’s.

Wrist Tendonitis, Focal Dystonia, De Quervains Tenosynovitis, Lateral Epicondylitis, Medial Epicondylitis, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Lower back pain, Temporo-mandibular Jaw disorder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Sciatica.

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“Due to a serious Repetitive Strain Injury in my shoulder/neck I have been attending Portobello Physiotherapy on and off over the last several years, during which, the treatment I have received has always been of the highest standard. The staff are both friendly and welcoming and have always answered any questions I’ve asked about my injury. Exercise programmes were set out for me, explained in detail and, in my case, altered to suit how my shoulder/neck react to them. As long as I put the time in to doing the exercises and follow the advice of the Therapists I always see results within a short space of time. I would highly recommend Portobello Physiotherapy to anyone, as the care and attention I have received on my visits has always been second to none.”

Tim Dublin 8

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