Professional percussionists may be prone to occupational injury

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Washington, Aug 19 (ANI): Scientists have reported that professional percussionists may be at a risk for an unusual injury of wrists.

Drs. Naoto Yokogawa and H. Ralph Schumacher, Jr., rheumatologists at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, describe and illustrate this unusual occupational injury.

One patient reported a growing but painless mass on his left wrist. He had previously had a similar growth on the right wrist, which cleared up without treatment. Although he had not had any previous injuries, he had been playing the percussion for 30 years.

X-rays revealed a specific type of wrist deformity called scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC), in which there is “collapse” of certain bones of the wrist joint.

An MRI scan showed that the mass on the patient”s hand was caused by tenosynovitis—inflammation of the tissues surrounding the wrist tendons.

The SLAC wrist is caused by trauma, manual labour, or other causes and if painful, surgery may be needed to correct the wrist deformity.

The team thinks that repeated “microtrauma,” caused damage to the wrist ligaments over time, eventually leading to the SLAC wrist deformity.

The find is presented in a report in the August issue of JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. (ANI)

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