One hand BH wrist injury, should no be concerned?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by jiddy-p, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. jiddy-p

    jiddy-p Semi-Pro

    Jul 23, 2013
    A little over a week ago I experienced a peculiar 'stiffness' around the wrist joints of my dominant right hand. I did not experience a sudden pain, or a fall, after two consecutive sessions I developed a stiffness that became painful when I flexated or pronated my wrist.

    I've rested it for over a week in which time I've tried to understand what's happened. I realise that it is the result of my one hand backhand stroke, as I experience most pain at poo t at which I begin my swing on the backhand side behind my body. Basically as my wrist pushes the racket at an acute angle to begin generating momentum.

    I believe my I jury is related to the extensor carpi ulnaris or the triangular fibrocartilage complex. The pain is narrowly confined to just above the 'wrist knuckle' on the pinkie side of my hand.

    Does anyone have experience with this injury? Should I be concerned? I played yesterday again and played with a two hand backhand, I do not have soreness today.

    I added weight to my racket a while ago, but it didn't trouble me for quite some time, and the pros play with much heavier rackets... Is it my technique perhaps?

    Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated. I'm playing again this evening with my awkward two hander :???:
  2. Chas Tennis

    Chas Tennis Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Last year I got some mild pain there on the wrist, ulna/pinkie side. It is a common and well-known tennis injury. However, I could not find a clear cause in researching it.

    I discovered in a high speed video of my serve that my wrist had an angle at impact that was too straight in comparison to the wrist on high level serves. I don't know if that was it or something in my forehand technique. I backed off of practicing serves and forehands. It improved then and is gone now but I have not been playing much tennis lately. ?

    See reply #2

    Don't play with pain. See a Dr. Suggest that you take high speed video of your wrist angle and see if anything looks different from sound backhand technique.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013

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