Playing Well with Dr. Kertz — Bring Your Instrument to the Doctor With You

After nine months of COVID, maybe you’ve found yourself playing your instrument a lot more than in years past and, as a result, perhaps you’re finding some repetitive motion-type pains and injuries in your body. If you’re going to a doctor for an end-of-year checkup, and you want him/her to look at your music performance-related injury, be sure to bring your instrument with you. In this month’s video Dr. Randy Kertz explains why.

Dr. Kertz’s monthly column addresses how musicians can avoid injury, how they can identify things they may do to cause injury, and offer general health information and tips for musicians of every instrument. Dr. Kertz is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and bassist in private practice in the Chicago area.

You can send your comments, questions, or requests for future column topics to Dr. Kertz via email at, or visit his website at

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Randall Kertz is a chiropractic physician, acupuncturist, educator, and author in private practice in suburban Chicago, IL. He treats many local, national, and international musicians of all playing styles in his office and on tour, and has lectured on the subject of musician’s injuries and health education worldwide, as well as consulting, designing, and developing ergonomic and health-related products for the music industry. He is also a bassist and has been involved in many other roles in and around the music business for over 35 years. His book, "The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health," was first published in 2005, and is now available in its second edition. He can be reached at, and his book can be purchased at Amazon, or at

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