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Restoring Wrist Rotation in Injured Pianists and Violinists

Ian Winspur, Katherine Butler
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 24 Number 2: Page 88 (June 2009)

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Abstract: Wrist fractures are common injuries in musicians, and a number of these fractures heal in a malunited position, interfering with wrist rotation. This can prevent musicians who play keyboard instruments and the smaller string instruments from assuming the required wrist positions. Resection of the distal ulna (Darrach procedure), while somewhat discredited for the general population, has proved to be the ideal operation for this problem in musicians and has been used successfully on five professional musicians. This procedure, the rationale for its use in musicians, and the important technical details are discussed.

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