The title of this thread explains my problem. I don't want to cripple myself and be unable to play. I notice pain in my wrists the morning after playing for hours the day before. I must be holding the horn wrong. I play a tenor. I watch how player hold their horn to get a clue as to how to hold it. What am I doing wrong? I resolved one problem. My left pinky finger was sending shooting pains from my wrist. I fixed that issue by relieving the spring tension on the low Db key. Perhaps this problem can only be resolved by having a sax teacher observe me play but I thought I would try asking here.