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Why Should We Exercise?

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 19, 2011 with 51 Comments

Their are numerous benefits to regular exercise. You may say as drummers or percussionists you get enough exercise with practicing or performing. Unfortunately, this can be a common misconception. Regular physical activity and exercise are beneficial and extremely important for long-term health and well-being. Regular exercise can help protect us from heart disease and stroke, [...]

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Feeling the Vibe!

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 1,810 Comments

As we all know, playing the drums is a very physical activity. The shear forces and repetitive motions that occur with drumming can result in a number of maladies and physical injuries to the upper extremities, lower extremities and spine. Most of the injuries that occur due to drumming can be prevented or avoided with [...]

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Hand and Wrist Injuries

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 530 Comments

As drummers and percussionists we all know, our art can take its toll on our hands and wrists. Repetitive gripping of drum sticks or striking a drum with our hands can lead to a number of injuries to the fingers, joints, tendons and muscles within the hand and wrist. Drummers and hand percussionists can develop [...]

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How to Find the Right Doctor for You

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 44 Comments

As a physician I am often asked by my patients, how do you know if a physician is good, or they will say, I have been to a number of physicians before I found one that I liked or that cares about me. As a medical consumer it is very difficult to know who is [...]

“I Can’t Hear You!” What every drummer needs to know about hearing protection.

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 45 Comments

Luga Podesta, MD & Helena Espinoza, PA-C Musicians, particularly drummers, are at risk for losing their hearing as a result of playing without proper ear protection.  Sixty percent of Rock and Rock Hall of Fame inductees are hearing impaired. Hearing damage can present as a temporary or permanent ringing in the ears, called tinnitus, or [...]

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I Think I have a Pinched Nerve

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 46 Comments

Have you ever experienced an electrical shock like pain down your arm or leg? Or have you ever awoke from a nights sleep with numbness or tingling in your arm or leg? These are common symptoms of a “pinched nerve”. A “pinched nerve” is a description for a number of injuries or conditions that can [...]

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I Think I Have an Itis in My Foot

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 159 Comments

Drummers rely on there feet to play effectively. Various genres of music are more demanding on the feet than others placing that drummer at risk for developing a variety of repetitive stress injuries to the supporting muscles and tendons. Tendon injuries can develop in any of the tendons that run across the ankle and foot. [...]

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If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now!

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 1,815 Comments

I have had a very rewarding career as a Sports Medicine Physician over the past 27 years. I have had the opportunity to care for some of the world’s greatest and most famous athletes and have participated in the care of these athletes at the pinnacle of their careers, in front of thousands of fans. [...]

It’s Not Always Carpal Tunnel !

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 756 Comments

Pain, numbness and weakness in a drummer’s hand or wrist can arise from many different sources. These complaints are most commonly due to carpal tunnel syndrome (DRUM ? issue). However, not all symptoms in the hand are due to this common nerve compression at the wrist. The ulnar nerve is another nerve that can affect [...]

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Knee Pain-When is it time to seek help?

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 47 Comments

Knee pain is a common complaint among drummers. There are a number of conditions that occur commonly in the knee as the result of excessive activity or a singular traumatic event such as a twist. Many of these conditions will result in knee pain. We need to be able to differentiate which need immediate medical [...]

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