Hand disorders in musicians

The orthopaedic surgeon’s role

S. Sheibani-Rad, S. Wolfe, J. Jupiter


Like athletes, musicians are vulnerable to musculoskeletal injuries that can be career ending or have a severe negative financial impact. All ages are affected, with a peak incidence in the third and fourth decades. Women are slightly more likely to be affected than men. It is incumbent upon orthopaedic surgeons to be able to complete a thorough physical assessment, be aware of the risk factors associated with musculoskeletal symptoms in musicians, and have a detailed knowledge of the specific syndromes they suffer and their appropriate treatment.

In this paper we review the common hand injuries that afflict musicians and discuss their treatment.

Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2013;95-B:146–50.


  • No benefits in any form have been received or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.

  • Received May 17, 2012.
  • Accepted October 5, 2012.
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