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Pianist's rehabilitation: three cases

Sang-Hie Lee, Kenneth B. Hanks, Joseph Schwartz
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 20 Number 1: Page 35 (March 2005)

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Abstract: Three pianists, each with academic and performing credentials, shared their experiences of physical problems, treatment, and rehabilitation. Preparing for solo performance puts an inordinate demand on mental and physical functioning and family life for the pianist in academia. Pianists, who must demonstrate technical and artistic prowess while teaching heavy loads, can easily overuse their piano-playing mechanisms by playing difficult works without proper conditioning and necessary rest. This can result in gradual or sudden bodily pain and incapacitation. Minor pains and injuries of the pianists profiled here were overcome by applying proper piano techniques. More serious injuries needed medical attention, alternative therapies, and combined management programs. With good health care and proper technical approach all three pianists resumed active performing life.

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