Testament and Slayer sticksman explains why it took so long to deal with wrist injury that’s sidelined him since March

Paul Bostaph

Wrist action: Paul Bostaph

Paul Bostaph admits he’s taken a long time to deal with his injured wrist because he was concerned surgery might leave him unable to play drums.

The Testament and ex-Slayer sticksman has been sidelined since an accident in March raised a lump on his tendon. He wasn’t able to record for Testament’s next album and has had to sit out the band’s tour dates.

Bostaph tells 107.7 The Bone that the lump appeared after he’d fallen over in his rehearsal studio. “I wasn’t sure what it was,” he explains. “What it turned out to be was, I was born with what they call an extensor muscle that was attached to my index finger off my right hand, which is an extra muscle.”

Doctors recommended surgery but the drummer wasn’t so sure.:”The last thing you want to do is to to the knife unless it’s a clear-cut case where you need surgery.

“It’s such a delicate area. I know drummers that have gone and had surgery on their wrist, and now they don’t play any more. You want to exhaust all possibilities in terms of physical therapy – because the problem could go away with time and healing.”

Bostaph has now undergone a procedure to remove the extra muscle and says he’s healing well.

He says: “The tendonitis problem is gone – it was the result of the ‘mini-me’ that was in my wrist. They had to make an incision in my wrist. Any time you get an incision scar tissue develops after the surgery. So the scar tissue is all around my tendons and that has to be broken up through physical therapy, which is now happening.

“The last time I saw my doctor, the doctor said, ‘Take up the sticks whenever you’re ready.’ So as soon as I feel healthy enough I’ll start playing.”

Gene Hoglan of Dethklok and Fear Factory fame stood in during Testament’s recording sessions. When he heard the news Bostaph admits he thought: “‘Oh God, I’ve got to learn that dude’s parts?’ Gene’s a god behind the drum set. There’s a benchmark for metal drumming.”

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