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Elbow Health Risks: Treatments Of Injuries With The Upper Arm, Elbow And Lower Arm

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Elbow Health
Risks
When reviewing the upper arm into the elbow and to the fore arm, the potential health risks are as follows: bursitis, degenerative joint disease, fractures of open reduction internal fixation (fix broken bones), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), sprains, strains, fractures, dislocation, arthritis and tendonitis (North Cypress Sports Medicine Centre. 2012). Though some of these risks are sports related, it is important to be aware of the transfer of these as they can too affect musician and should not be dismissed simply because they are known as sports injuries.
When reviewing Chris Crippin in his solo, the arm extends and ...view middle of the document...

Injuries, and disorders include: sprains, thumb sprains, wrist sprains, bone injuries such as fractures, dislocation of the pip joint, soft and closed tendon injuries such as DeQuervain's Syndrome, ECU Tendonitis, carpel tunnel and Boutonnière Deformity (Beth Israel Deaconess, Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. March 2011). Another health concern for a percussionist would be focal hand dystonia, sometimes referred to as occupational cramps (Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. 2010). Dystonia Medical Research Foundation has found this disorder to present predominantly in violinist and pianist (2012); nonetheless, this should not exclude the potential diagnosis from percussionists.
Chris Crippins’ expose to potential injury in hands is intensified by the constant vibrations moving from the drum into the hand an up the arm. This strain applied to the wrist on a regular basis, increases the likelihood of injuries to occur. Great care should be taken in maintaining the strength and flexibility of the wrist, to ensure the ability to continue to play.

Treatments
With some of these injuries, there are preventative measures which percussionist could use, such as stretching and strengthening exercises. However, once the damage is done, there is an onslaught of potential treatments available for the patient. Some of these are physiotherapy (stretching and strengthening), ultrasound, electrolysis, splints, rest, massage, heat and cold. As a last resort, surgery may be required to aid the patient and depending on the surgery, there has been some great success. Sadly, with some diseases, the consequences are life altering and may not be curable.
Social Determinants
As with any career choice, there are potential health risks. Hedley is no exception to these occupational hazards. As part of a group, each member is expected to “pull their weight” and support the band with their skill and ability. When one member of a group falters because of an injury or disease, the outcomes could have dyer consequences. When reviewing Chris Crippin, his popularity, fans, age and expected life style would be drastically affected from an injury to the upper limbs. Depending on the injury, he may no longer be able to play the...

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