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Musculoskeletal Problems of Performing Artists


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Hoppmann, R.
Journal Title: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Date Published: Mar-95
Language: English
Category: Multiple Medical Disorders
Key Words: medical muscular skeletal problems instrument musician rheumatism
Full Citation: Hoppmann, Richard A., and Rodney R. Reid. Musculoskeletal Problems of Performing Artists. Current Opinion in Rheumatology 7, no. 2 (March 1995): 147-50.
Full Abstract: Of 2212 orchestra members surveyed, 75% report having at least one medical problem severe enough to hinder their performance. String players report the highest incidence of medical problems, and percussionist account for the fewest. Brass players, both amateur and professional, have significantly lower prevalence rates than string players, woodwind players, or keyboardists. The most common injuries are overuse-related, entrapment neuropathies, thoracic outlet syndrome, focal dystonia, hypermobility, and Osteoarthritis.