View Full Version : Am I suffering from tennis elbow?
07-20-2004, 01:59 AM
Recently, whenever I straightened my arm while holding my racket pointing forward and hold on to this position for a while, I'm experiencing much pain on my elbow. This has never happened to me before. I can still ignore the pain and carry on playing but I'm afraid it may become worst.
I've been playing tennis for more than a decade and been using PSC 6.1. What could have caused this pain? Is it tennis elbow? Any kind advise would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Hard to say without more details, but if you're experiencing pain in your elbow that wasn't there before-then you probably have some form of tennis elbow. I used the same racquet you're using and it damn near destroyed my arm-as soon as I switched to a more flexible racquet, the pain-most of it-was gone. Get rid of the 6.1 and then see how it feels with a more arm-friendly stick.
07-20-2004, 08:09 PM
Thanks for the response, Phil. I hope I could provide more details, but I'm not sure what is causing the pain myself. I'm right-handed, I tried the same test with my left arm, and there's no pain. That's why I became concern. The strange thing is, I do not actually feel the pain while I'm playing. It's more like an after-effect, like you've sprained your ankle in a basketball game, you played through it and got your ankle swollen after the game. The difference is, the swell will subside after some time, while the pain I felt still persist.
Perhaps you're right, maybe it's my PSC. Believe me, I did try other rackets, HPS 6.1, Head Prestige, Prince TT Graphite, Prince Thunderbolt, but I always go back to my beloved PSC. May I know what racket are you using now?
Sarpmas - I experienced the same kind of pain-occurring after playing. Try icing the elbow down after you play, and take ibuprofen BEFORE you play, and then 4 hours after that first dosage. That works for me. Sadly, you may have to consider giving up the 6.1. Besides myself, I know a lot of people who have bad arms due to using Wilson. Also, you may want to take a close look at your technique-if you're not turning your shoulders enough, causing you to "arm" the ball, that could cause the pain.
I have never hit the ball harder or heavier then when I used the 6.1-not before or since. I STILL remember some of the shots I hit with that club. But I would rather play a SMARTER game with slightly less power AND still be able to open a jar when I hit 45 (and continue to play), then have a few good tennis years and then walk around the rest of my life with a limp noodle for a right arm. It's a choice you may have to make, but given the consequences, it shouldn't be a difficult one.
Now I use the Head Prestige Classic strung w/VS Power Gut at 56 lbs. (the PC is weighted at 400 gms-so weight was never a problem for me). Pro Kennex, Slazenger Pro Braided and Volkl are also known for being arm-friendly.
07-21-2004, 01:59 AM
Once again, thanks for the advise, Phil. I think it really strikes me when you mentioned that I may have some problem with my technique. I do realised that lately, I have been late in hitting some shots in my matches, I think I did 'arm' the ball. I'm in my mid 30s already, have to admit that I'm not as quick as I used to be. I'm going try your treatment and also giving my Head Prestige a 2nd chance!
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