View Full Version : post-op trouble affecting cello playing

11-12-2006, 06:56 PM
Hi there...this is my first time on the forum...
I've been having a lot of trouble lately with upper back pain when I play cello and sometimes piano. It's gotten to the point where I can barely play for ten minutes without getting a really strange straining pain right around the top of my scar--I had an S-curve around 50 degrees on both top and bottom, and the rods extend almost down my whole back (I wish I knew the exact vertebrae). I did a lot of physical therapy this summer for my neck, and I think that this pain might be related to the leaning forward that I do when I play both instruments. I also think I'm developing kyphosis in the few vertebrae in my neck...my height went up about 2 inches after surgery but it's been steadily declining in the three years since then. My doctors have brushed it off and said it's because of differences in the height markers in offices, but I think I'm getting shorter because of the curvature of my neck. For the most part, the pain only occurs when I play, though it sometimes shows up when I swim or play volleyball. I really don't want my rods to affect my playing, music is a really important part of my life...any ideas or input, anyone? I'm getting really worried.

Karen Ocker
11-14-2006, 04:59 PM
Even though I have NO pain from hardware I've had episodes of scar "pulling" with new activities and exercises.

I found It went away when I continued exercising and the scar got "loosened". I personally do not think, in my case, it was bad since I don't want to be all bound up. What helped was: massage or myofascial release, gentle exercises of the area, heating pad, naproxen, ibuprofen or acetomenophen--whichever works best. The paradoxical thing is that the more I focused on it the more it tightened up and got worse. However, the pain can be quite annoying. I can go away as suddenly as it starts.
Hope this helps.

Scoliosis Baby
01-15-2007, 11:27 PM
i do karate but i don't have my brace yet but im sure it's gonna feel akward cuz im not supposed 2 wear my brace if i get used 2 it!!!!!!!!! lol