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The Joy and Pain of Playing Music

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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