Musculoskeletal disorders are very frequent among musicians. Diagnosis is difficult due to the lack of objective tests and the multiplicity of symptoms. Treatment is also problematic and often requires that the musician stop playing. Most of these disorders are inflammatory in nature, and therefore involve temperature changes in the affected regions. Temperature measurements were recorded with an infrared camera. In this paper we present an overview of the temperature measurements made in the arms of 8 pianists during regular piano practice sessions.

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Keywords Infrared imaging, Musculoskeletal disorders (PRMD), Piano playing, Thermography
Conference 2005 27th Annual International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE-EMBS 2005
Herry, C.L., Frize, M, Goubran, R, & Comeau, G. (2005). Evolution of the surface temperature of pianists' arm muscles using infrared thermography. In Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings (pp. 1687–1690).