Archive for Drum Magazine

Why Should We Exercise?

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 19, 2011 with 50 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 1,650 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 173 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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“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 155 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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It’s Not Always Carpal Tunnel !

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 590 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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Knee Pain-When is it time to seek help? Treatment and Prevention

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 130 Comments

In last months article I discussed some of the knee problems that are common in drummers. This article will focus on the treatment and prevention of knee injuries in drumming. When the knee becomes painful and or swollen, these are signs that should not be ignored. When acute pain and swelling occurs, it is very [...]

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Low Back Pain Prevention and Treatment

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 52 Comments

As drummers, we all know that drumming places tremendous demands on our bodies. When we are young we think we are invincible. At some point in our lives and careers we quickly learn that we are not and must work hard to stay healthy. My last two Single Strokes articles described some of the common [...]

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