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The Joy and Pain of Playing Music

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Playing sports can lead to injuries...but so can playing an instrument. Just like athletes, musicians can suffer occupational pain, repetitive strain and overuse injuries. But unlike athletic injuries, there is a stigma around getting hurt while playing music, so some musicians don’t seek the help they need.  The joy and pain of playing an instrument is a familiar experience for Serap Bastepe-Gray, a medical doctor who plays the guitar. She came to the United States from Turkey in...

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