More than 70 percent responded with a range of aches and pains.
84 percent said the pain was bad enough to interfere with their performance.
24 percent said the pain was constant. One in five of these described it as ‘the worst imaginable’.
Women in orchestras suffered more than men.
However – big caveat – players were asked if they ever suffered from depression. Most of those who denied experience of depression also reported no pain. The report concludes that pain treatment for orchestral musicians ‘would be more effective if depression and/or music performance anxiety were assessed and, where indicated, treated concurrently.’
Read an abstract here.