Some ten years ago I suffered a bad case of ‘Tennis Elbow’ – aka lateral epicondylitis - due to a repetitive strain from cutting large quantities of carbon fibre when building ocean racing yachts. Extensive, and slow, physiotherapy over a course of ten weeks finally cleared it up and I took notice of the advice of the physiotherapist regarding how to avoid a repetition.
Now it is back and worse than before. For ten days the tendon on my left forearm where the muscle joins the bone at the elbow had been feeling like it would immediately after being hit very hard with a hammer. After some ultrasound scans and a cortisone injection last Monday it now feels as if it was hit very hard with a hammer a few days ago; so, a slight improvement. The doctors say it will improve more over the next two weeks and then we will see if I need more physio again.
So, the question is, how did it happen? In the few days before it occurred I had not been doing anything unusual or strenuous to the elbow and had not accidentally hit it either. BUT…..I have been working hard on practicing ‘la pompe’ and in recent weeks I had considered I had made some significant steps forward in co-ordinating the right hand with the left and the repetitive movement of the grip of the left hand alternating between holding a chord and lifting off to damp it.
Could I have been overdoing it?
Is this a risk with this style?
Has anyone else experienced similar?
Or am I just being too heavy handed and doing it wrong?
Anyway, there is definitely NO guitar playing over at Martin Towers for now until I get the all clear from the physio, but should I now think about giving up on the GJ ‘pompe’ altogether?
If the latter, there could be some nice guitars for sale………………