How does dystonia affect musicians?

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Musicians can develop a type of dystonia that may affect their ability to play an instrument. It is a task-specific type of dystonia that may result from overusing certain muscles. Pianists can develop it in their hands and fingers, for instance, while clarinetists may develop it in their mouth. These types of dystonias are also known as occupational dystonias.

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Dystonia

When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.
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