Pain in wrist

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  1. dannyboy7

    dannyboy7 New User

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    Hi Guys & Gals,

    Not sure if anyone has looked at my previous posts re: my wrist.

    My next hospital appt is 19th March where I will find out the results of my MRI scan on my wrst.

    I think the options are:

    1) Find nothing
    2) Find a strain
    3) Find a tear

    Painful shot is the forehand.

    Still applying Ibuleve.

    I strapped wrist up twice a day and sprayed it with a pain-killer for my week long tennis holiday and also took Ibuprofen plus. I also used a Neoprene wrist support.

    I did experiment with a double handed forehand.

    The wrist just about held up, althuogh all forehands were painful.

    Wish me luck for 19th!!
     
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  2. chair ump

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    May the Force be with you, Danny.
     
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  3. LarougeNY

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    good luck, hopefully they just find a pulled muscle or something. btw, can't you get your MRI read by the onstanding radiologist there? When I hurt my shoulder and got an MRI my mom asked the radiologist to read it and he diagnosed the problem in a few minutes.
    Anyway, I think you should stay off the courts for now and rest. good luck
     
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  4. lajollatnsplyr

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    my niece is a top ranked Jr in Socal. She is 14 (plays a very big game) and has wrist pain. She visits a Chiropractor/muscle reflexologist (sp?) and with a few adjustments...in her ankle believe it or not and the pain she says disappears...so take that for what its worth. She goes every couple months for an adjustment.
     
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  5. ps60

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    some racket/string job give wrist pain, but they are not very 'serious' in that they heal once u don't play for sometime.
    OTOH, i suffered a serious tear in the wrist witha wood racket, and this kind of injury don't heal easily. it's been more than 1 yr now. it's getting better but as long as i keep playing, it will never heal completely i think.

    So... rest and review your racket/string.
     
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  6. dannyboy7

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    Re racquet. Do you recommend any particular type of racquet.

    I went from an old Wilson racquet (ex-demo) to a heavier (slightly) Head racquet.

    Which I had demo's and didn't think it was too heavy.

    Re string:

    I went for a hybrid with some softer strings and a looser tension.
     
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  7. dannyboy7

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    The MRI scan has shown a tfcc

    Awaiting key hole surgery.

    No tennis for me for quite a while!!
     
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  8. dannyboy7

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    I have my op date, its in July 2007.
     
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  9. johnny ballgame

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    Good luck with the surgery and recovery! Think happy thoughts!

    -JB (currently struggling with moderate left wrist/hand pain and golfer's elbow on right arm).
     
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  10. topsltennis

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    Sorry to hear that. I had similar problems and basically could not hit a FH for a few days. I played through what I would call intense pain for several weeks. The pain slowly began to subside despite never taking any time off. I had some minor pain this past week, but nothing severe. I had an xray at the beginning and the Dr. stated he thought it was tendonitis but that I might require an MRI to get the whole picture. I have never gone back since the pain began to ease. It's weird how painful it was to where it is now without any breaks in playing time.

    Good luck to you.
     
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  11. slewisoh

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    Sorry about your diagnosis. What exactly is "keyhole" surgery? Is that just a scope where the clean up the tear? What is the time frame for your recovery?
     
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  12. p3z

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    i have recently started to feel pain in my wrist as well, although when i play it's fine and goes away, it's just that when i wake up in the mornings it hurts. also when i turn it in a certain direction it'll hurt.
     
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  13. Marius_Hancu

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    Sorry to hear that.

    She should change racquet and strings, and review her technique with a GOOD pro for too much wrist involvement, otherwise she may be FINISHED, and I am not joking.

    Check my signature here:

    Great fitness sites
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=15571

    esp the Wrist Pain sections (see the article from the French Federation):
    http://www.stms.nl/june2001/artikel23.htm

    FWIW
    check my posting here:

    Best arm friendly racquets?
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=58089
     
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  14. dannyboy7

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    To Slewisoh

    If the camera finds degenerative damage I could be playing in around 6 weeks.

    If its a tear the surgery is more extensive so 3 to 6 months before I am playing again.

    Surgery is at end of July 2007
     
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  15. Marius_Hancu

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    I would NOT re-start tennis until the forearm and wrist aren't at the previous BEST condition in terms of strength (wrist curl, etc).
     
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  16. t.vo408

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    Out of curiosity what grip do you use? I use western and my wrist began to hurt a couple weeks ago, some rest and daily exercises and made the pain go away (for now) but I am wondering if there is a connection between western and injury.

    Good luck and best wishes.
     
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  17. dannyboy7

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    To t.vo408

    I use an Eastern forehand. I used to think it was Semi Western but it isn't.

    Just had my pre-op appt at hospital and my blood pressure was high.

    My op date is 3 weeks away, I am getting it re-read next week.
     
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  18. ljptennis7

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    wrist issuesss

    im having pain in my wrist after i played tennis all day and i think its just because i started to create topspin with it rather than swinging through...anyway i have tournament tomorrow and dont want any pain for that, do you think i should avoid moving my wrist to let it heal or move it alot so it doesnt get stiff..cuz they both sound like good solutions
     
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  19. dannyboy7

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    Hi Guys & Gals,

    Surgery was yesterday.

    Surgeon shaved my cartilage (tfcc). I also have tendon damage (ecu) steroid injection in 8 weeks then every 6 months.

    Wrist is sore this am but well strapped up.

    Interestingly he said that if a large number of people had an MRI scan (not just tennis players) the scan would show some damage (not always a tear) to the tfcc.

    So it appears the tendon is my main problem.

    I'll be back on this board for suggestions re: revovery time & potential new racquet.

    Current racquet is Head Fxpt Radical (midplus), previous racquet Wilson Powerholes 6.4 (yes I know it was an old model when I bought it as an ex-tester).
     
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  20. slewisoh

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    I guess it's like any other cartilage in the body - there will be a certain amount of wear and tear regardless of activity level.

    Do you have much swelling? For swelling in the hand and fingers, I was advised to "blow the train whistle" meaning pump my hand up and down as in TOOT TOOT! It really helped me - my doc was a big advocate of using it as much as possible as soon as possible. Your doc may not agree.

    Did the doc do anything to correct your tendon issue? Is it torn? rubbing against something? Is he/she suggesting cortisone as the treatment?

    Hope you are resting well with a plethora of pillows for elevation and a stack of good reading material.
     
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  21. Burt Turkoglu

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    good luck.....hope you heal up well and back to playing in a while.....I read this post a while ago when I was having the same pain on my forehand....I got scared and took some time off.....I don't want to have to do surgery....in looking back, dannyboy, do you feel that you could have avoided the surgery if you had stopped playing when the pain developed instead of hitting through the pain?
     
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  22. dannyboy7

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    Pain is a good indicator that something is wrong (sounds obvious doesn't it).

    I originally had the pain in May 2006. Wrist was hurting when I woke up, and I had a match against our local rivals that evening so I really wanted to play.

    I was hopeless, even strapped up it hurt, but I continued to play until July 2006. How stupid was that?

    I will never know what really caused it, could have been a ball I hit a bit late on the forehand. Suppose I will never really know.

    So the damage was degenerative to the cartilage (tfcc) and strain on the tendon (ecu).

    So the surgery only has "fixed" the cartilage (tfcc). The steroid injection is to relieve the pain in tendon, consultant said it wouldn't permanantly fix it, but he did say I could still play tennis, but maybe limit the amount of court time.

    I still might come back onto this forum and discuss racquets for my comeback.
     
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  23. slewisoh

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    Personally, I found the Volkl Catapult 8 to be the most comfortable racquet. I played comfortabley with that racquet even with a tendon injury. I also liked some of the Pro Kennex racquets but they were just too heavy for me.

    Unfortunately, with my new anatomy I will probably need a racquet that generates more power for me. That gets difficult, as the racquets that provide more power tend to be too stiff (hard on wrist) or have enormous racquet heads (hard on shoulder).

    I would really want to know what is causing your tendon problem...changing the racquet and limiting your playing time will help you feel more comfortable, but what if there is an underlying problem that can be fixed?
     
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  24. dannyboy7

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    The MRI scan showed no tear to the tendon (ecu).

    Maybe I was just playing a lot.

    I did change racquets (see earlier post), however the pain was just before I changed racquets not after.

    Maybe the two fxpt testers I tried were just a lot heavier than the Wilson.

    I know this type of damge can be caused by moving too much in the "weight of racquet" dept.

    I may see if I can demo the Volk Catapult 8. Although the spec looks similar to the fxpt.

    Are Volk DNX a comfortable racquet?
     
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  25. Marius_Hancu

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    >Are Volk DNX a comfortable racquet?

    I played with a friend's DNX-10 MP for 20 min. Quite comfortable and powerful. He confirms the same based on more experience.
     
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  26. dannyboy7

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    Thanks Marius,

    I have read lot of your posts and know that you are highly regarded on these boards.

    The reason I asked whetehr the dnx racquets were comfortable was to whether the Volkl dnx 8 is the "newer/latest" model of the Volkl catapult 8.

    Do you know how heavy (and its da rating) a Wilson Power Holes 6.4 (unstrung) is? (My original racquet). As the Flexpoint Radical is 295g I wondered how much heavier I went.

    It has been nearly 7 days since surgery, I am having a lighter bandage put on tomorrow.

    Next comes ice on cloth over tendon (as recommended by consultant at hospital), presume some physio and then he said a steroid injection in 8 weeks time and then (presumeably if successfull) every 6 months.

    I have had a number of people up my tennis club telling me not to have a steroid injection.
     
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  27. Marius_Hancu

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    Sorry, don't know those racqs.

    With your issues, I'd use Volk (or Head, or PK), not Wilson.

    Wilsons are stiffer. I am using them, but not the stiffest, and mine are heavy.

    I would not have the steroids.
     
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  28. dannyboy7

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    To Marius,

    The Wilson Powerholes 6.4 is 260g unstrung, the flexpoint radical midplus is 295g unstrung.

    In your opinion was that a "big jump" when I moved to a new racquet?

    I would appreciate your opinion please.
     
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  29. Marius_Hancu

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    I think the Wilson was much too light, it's possible that you accumulated damage while using it, which manifested only after switching to Head.

    However, another possibility is what you have a very wristy motion, which was evidenced only when using the heavier racquet. You should use the INERTIA of the racquet, don't arm it or wrist it.

    You must be seen by a VERY GOOD pro on a court. Won't damage your pocket to pay whatever for one hour, it's your health ...
     
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  30. dannyboy7

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    Can't believe I first posted in April.

    I have just had my post-op appt with hospital consultant.

    He was really pleased with how my tfcc surgery went and how my recovery is progressing.

    I have a "click" when my wrist was pronated but no pain.

    He pressed and prodded my tendon (ecu), no pain.

    Next step is some physio and I will hopefully be playing again soon.

    He suggested iceing wrist.

    I have taken on-board everyone's comments (i.e. too wristy, weight of racquet, stringing advice etc etc)

    Thank you to everyone that posted.
     
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  31. dannyboy7

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    Well, I am playing again.

    I wear a neoprene wrist strap, and have been easing my way back in since start of January.

    Things are going well, I am very rusty, and shoulders/back/knees ached the next day.

    These aches & pains are now a thing of the past.

    However I am now playing twice a week, and loving it.
     
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    Too many dates with Rosy Palm?
     
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