Nicky Joe Sonye Nothing like warming up, and with age it is very important. Cleveland Clinic Preforming Arts Clinic – works with all kinds of folks that use their bodies to perform. They see patients from all styles of music. Jon is correct…the surgeon I saw will not do the procedure until all non invasive treatments. I’ve know one guitarist the surgery fixed his problem. As folks mentioned not every issue is CTS. I have an ulnar nerve problem that is a result of both shoulders being injured in 1981. I know lots about shoulder to finger injury. The surgeon told me he could do more harm working on my ulnar nerve. BTW…this Dr also reattached a guys hand that he cut off with a 10, 000 rpm saw. It took 5 operations but the guy got 95% use of his hand. Bottom line…do your home work. There are drs out there that will use surgery as last resort…I’ve been to them. Also went to a guy that wanted to do the most aggressive surgery that can be done to shoulders. Look for that 2nd – 3rd opinion what ever it takes to get comfortable with the treatment. Unless you’ ve broke a bone (like me once… my femur) which really needed surgery! Do your home work! Still, don’t wait too long either.