By Andy Doerschuk Published August 19, 2010
Is hand drumming harmful to your health? It just might be, according to a pair of rheumatologists at the University Of Pennsylvania. Drs. Naoto Yokogawa and H. Ralph Schumacher, Jr. published a report in the August issue of JCR: Journal Of Clinical Rheumatology concerning a 70-year-old drummer who had a painless mass growing on his left wrist. Upon further investigation, they discovered a wrist deformity called scapholunate advanced collapse, in which certain bones in the wrist joint had collapsed. An MRI revealed that the mass was caused by tenosynovitis — inflammation of the tissues surrounding the wrist tendons. The doctors believe that repeated “mircotrauma” — i.e. drumming — caused damage to the wrist ligaments over time.