Shoulder pain only on serve?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by The_Feather, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. The_Feather

    The_Feather New User

    Jan 24, 2014
    Hi everybody.

    I've noticed lately that I have been having slight pain in my shoulder only when serving...groundstrokes are fine, but it's the serve that hurts. Last night though, I noticed severe weakness in the shoulder; I stopped playing and iced it with a little Aleve.
    Could it be a rotator cuff injury?
  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Could be...
    I wasn't able to lift my hand high enough to shave and brush teeth, like 12 years ago. I needed support from the other hand on my elbow.
    Just 3 weeks ago, it recurred, for 4 days.
    OTOH, I'm 65, have played ball sports, surfing, motocross all my life, so my rotator cuffs were due for surgery when I was in the my late 40's.
    My shoulder hurt yesterday after tennis, fine today, a 3 hour gardening routine, not easy on rotator cuffs.
    Play every other day, don't serve full speed unless you're fully warmed up...talking your shoulder, and don't snap at any overheads.
  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo Legend

    Aug 30, 2005
    Yes, go see a doctor.
  4. Ash_Smith

    Ash_Smith Hall of Fame

    Jan 18, 2005
    A green and pleasant land
    From your description it could be a bursa impingement. Get thee to a physio'
  5. Chas Tennis

    Chas Tennis Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    You should stop stressing your shoulder immediately and see a well qualified Dr.

    This Ellenbecker video has a discussion of the shoulder and the orientation to use to minimize the risk of impingement on the serve.

    There are many long recent threads with information on shoulder injuries. Search above using "Show Threads" & terms - shoulder pain, impingement, rotator cuff, ellenbecker, CharlieFedererer, healing time, tendinitis, tendinosis

    For a long story of a shoulder injury search the threads of Pacific Lefty.

    If you play while injured the healing will be defective to some degree. The time frame is very can't stress it for a while to see how it does.

    I lost strength suddenly in my non-tennis left shoulder probably because of exercising at the gym. Some discomfort, not much pain. I had mild tears of the supraspinatus, the most common rotator cuff injury. Stopped stressing it with exercise, no surgery, some prescribed physical therapy. Feels normal now.

    Exercises and stretches intended for uninjured shoulders might cause farther injury to an injured shoulder. Medically trained physical therapy is necessary to safely exercise with injuries when recovery is OK.

    Research healing time - 3 months? See a well qualified Dr.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
  6. The_Feather

    The_Feather New User

    Jan 24, 2014
    Thanks everybody. Going to try to make an appointment with doc. It's fine today but I'm going to rest it until I have a better picture of what's happening.

    Thanks again!

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