Index Finger Pain

I’ve been practicing an hour a day almost everyday for a few moths now. Recently I’ve started experiencing significant pain in the middle joint of my index finger in my left hand. I was wondering if this might be due to poor technique or perhaps just overuse. Has anyone else experienced similar pain? If you have what did you do to relieve/prevent it. I’m trying to take some time off from practice but it’s hard for me to do.

I have never, ever experienced joint pain in my left hand from playing shamisen. I would highly recommend going to see a doctor if this persists. You only get one left hand.

That’s excellent advice Brown. I’ll try taking a few days off and taking some ibuprofen and see if that take cares of it. If not, it’s off to see my doctor.