How to deal with wrist pain?

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  1. yzthomas

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    Hi I'm a 2.5-3.0 beginner, and I play for about 10 h/week. My wrist has hurt since the first day I played tennis. The pain is actually at the end of the outside of my forearm, around 2 cm away from the wrist.
    It doesn't really affect my swing, and it's been better comparing to the days I started playing tennis, but I still can't lift heavy items using my right hand now.
    Is this a big deal? Is there anything I can do to get rid of this pain sooner?
    Thx
     
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  2. vkartikv

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    Ice, rest, ice, rest...Is it on the side near the thumb or the little finger?
     
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    What is your racquet, string, tension etc.?
     
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  4. yzthomas

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    It's near the little finger
     
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  5. yzthomas

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    I've been using an oversized headheavy racquet, basic syn gut string at 56 lb.
     
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    it's near the little finger
     
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    Yes, I would say that it is a significant problem. Often, this is an early warning sign of TE or some other serious problem. Rest and ice are your best bets at this point. IB or some other ant-inflammatory may also help.

    Your stroke mechanics may be at fault. Shots too wristy? Gripping too tight?

    This. Your racket may be too light (or too heavy) or too stiff. The grip size might be wrong for your hand -- which could result in gripping too tightly. Your grip should be fairly relaxed most of the time. Polyester or other stiff strings and high string tensions can contribute to your problem.
     
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    I suspect that this OS head-heavy racquet is also very light. Do you know the static weight and swing weight of this frame? Is could be a stiff racquet with inadequate countermeasures for frame shock.

    Your string and tension sound ok (but you might consider a lower tension).
     
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    The static weight is 310g. I can't find the swing weight.
     
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    and, do you mean I should definitely avoid any polyester string in future? coz my string moves a lot, which is pretty annoying, and I heard that polyester doen't move.
     
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  11. LeeD

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    I used to have a severe pain just in front of the wristbone, pinkie finger side, back of the hand.
    Was using a soft Dunlop200, from a much head stiffer HeadLMRad.
    Swithed to DunlopAero500's, pain went away, as did shoulder soreness. Now my ankle hurts, as does my knees, but is that the racket's fault?
     
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    Don't know if that is an unstrung weight or a strung weight (some 15-19 grams more?). In either case, it may be ok. Even tho' the weight and SW is ok, you might still have a frame that is delivering too much frame shock to your arm.

    Yes, if you are having wrist issues, I would steer clear of polyester for a while (maybe forever).

    Since your frame is OS, you might want to go with a higher tension to minimize the string movement. If you do go with a higher tension, be sure to use a fairly soft multifilament string to offset possible added vibration. Some people on these forum boards indicate that silicone spray keeps the strings from moving too much.
     
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    I thought silicone was to encourage string movement, especially BACK to it's original position.
    I use 72 lbs for my 115 OS rackets, and it kills my arm. Any lighter, the strings move every which way and loose during the ball strike.
     
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    Exactly. Guess I didn't make that clear. The claim is that if the strings readily move back to the original position, a player has more access to spin. Not really sure why that is. The other benefit is that the player does not need to move the strings back into place after every point.
     
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    Strengthen the wrists by wrist exercises.

    Cheers
    3fees :)
     
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    don't hit hard, start slow in correct form; lock-up wrist to hit, don't force to hit with flex wrist.
     
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