Chronic hand pain for 5 years

#1
so here's the deal, i've had this ongoing sharp pain/discomfort in my hand when playing regular tennis (at least 3-4 times a week)

i made a thread on this years ago but somehow it got deleted or something

here's a little picture to clarify where the pain is coming from



basically, the index finger part of the lumbricals and the interossei is hurting real bad when i'm having an extended rally, especially on the forehand side (mostly the lumbricals AKA the underhand of the base of my index finger if that makes sense)

it's strange because i can't really specify where exactly the pain is coming from, i can just say the lumbricals region is where most of the pain seems to be shooting from

i'm currently doing some wrist exercises and hand stretches to somewhat help the problem but I don't really know where to start with fixing this issue

it's getting really bad now to the point where i can't rally properly because i'm always trying to hit shots with the least contact as possible as to avoid the sharp pain in this region

i'll be seeing a physio probably in a couple months as i'm going away soon for some time

has anyone experienced similar pain and do you have any advice for treating this or know where the problem originates from (is it technique, lack of stretching, stiff racket etc etc)?

thanks
 
#2
I had pain in this area earlier this year and it was caused by chipping ice with a hoe. There was a little pain playing tennis but I got used to it. The odd thing was that the thing that caused the most pain was turning door handles (not door knobs; we have handles at work and I normally push these with the palms). I had to change to pushing the door handles with my fingers to avoid pain. The pain went away after about five weeks gradually fading so I suspect that I just had some damage that eventually was repaired.

It sounds like you have more significant damage given that you've had it for a few years.
 
#3
when i take an extended break for say a few weeks, the pain completely dissapears when i start playing again some time later

then the pain might start on my 2nd or 3rd hitting session as a mild barely noticeable irritation in my hand then it steadily builds in intensity and acuteness until it's basically like having a strong electric shock applied to my hand every time i hit a forehand (doesn't happen on my one handed backhand for some reason)
 
#4
That sounds like it would be a pretty hard problem to diagnose unless someone was familiar with the problem. It sounds like something for the specialists unless you want to learn to play with your other arm.
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
#5
when i take an extended break for say a few weeks, the pain completely dissapears when i start playing again some time later

then the pain might start on my 2nd or 3rd hitting session as a mild barely noticeable irritation in my hand then it steadily builds in intensity and acuteness until it's basically like having a strong electric shock applied to my hand every time i hit a forehand (doesn't happen on my one handed backhand for some reason)
Could it be from squeezing the racquet handle too tightly? Perhaps due to a handle/grip that's too small?
I have similar pains right now.
 
#6
I have something like this problem in the back of my hand only. I am sure it relates to the tendons that go across the back of my hand to my fingers. Does anyone know what causes this or what could be done to treat or diminish this pain. I have played for over 65 years and never had this before. I do not know the age of those who have responded to this. It doesn't keep me from playing, but I feel it reduces the flexibility of my wrist and thus hurts or limits my serve. There seems to be a dull ache in the back of my had even hours after I play tennis. I am wondering if it is like a bursitis. Not sure there are any bursa in this area, but it seems like there could be. Obviously, as we get into our 70s there are general mobility and flexibility problems. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
 
#7
It looks like like it's coming from the tendon sheath or membrane, possibly a case of synovitis which can be caused from over use, injury, arthritis and even gout. A blood test can eliminate arthritis and gout.
 
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