forehand shoulder pain, does it have to do with the racquet/string setup?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by forehandbackhand21, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. forehandbackhand21

    forehandbackhand21 New User

    Jun 6, 2012
    Hey guys,

    I'm getting this top/side of shoulder and upper bicep pain when I hit forehands. If I hit in the center of the strings, I dont feel it much, but when I hit it slightly off it hurts, and when I shank its pretty painful. I feel it somewhat sharply right on the corner of my shoulder (feels like its on top of a bone).

    I think it may be the rotator cuff, but the weird thing is, it doesnt hurt on the serve! And people that use poly mostly complain about tennis elbow, but my elbow never hurts at all.

    Could this be due to the racquet/strings. I use 1 wilson blx six one 95 and 1 kfactor six one 95, both are strung with synthetic gut + luxilon bb alu rough 16g hybrid at 53/51. The kfactor is 78 stiffness strung and blx is 72. hurts less with blx.

    I strung with full poly once (tecnifibre black code). was great but then I experienced this exact same feeling after 1 wk. I cut out the strings and switched to mfil, no more shoulder pain. But I really dont want to used full mfil and would much prefer a poly hybrid (I used a hybrid before without any problems, babolat pht with synthetic gut). Maybe its the guages? the racquet tension? the string itself? so confused!

    Sorry this post started to turn into a story lol but I had a lot of questions. Basically, could my shoulder pain be due to strings and racquet, and if so, how do I still use a poly hybrid (what gauge, what tension, how do they affect softness on shoulder)

    Thanks everyone!
  2. Chas Tennis

    Chas Tennis Legend

    Feb 17, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Here is a video of the shoulder and some of its structures.
    Can you localize your pain better from the video?

    Also, see the Ellenbecker video on shoulder anatomy and impingement. It has advice on how to minimize impingement risk on the serve by orienting your arm and shoulders, starts around minute 8.

    Recently, there was a thread where a player with a diagnosed labrum injury from a non-tennis accident continued to play because he was scheduled for surgery. It sounded as if he may have injured the labrum farther. ?
    See Reply #23 on.

    People on forums are unlikely to understand labrum injuries or biceps tendon injuries or any of the many other injuries that your shoulder pain could be coming from.

    Don't assume that a small tear of some tissue in your shoulder joint will not be farther injured and torn more by tennis strokes.

    You need to see a Dr and get a diagnosis.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2013
  3. nathanloywalker

    nathanloywalker New User

    Jun 12, 2015

    Dear forehandbackhand21 -- I have been experiencing an issue with paind in my shoulder that sounds very similar to the issue you described in your blog entry above. I experience pain the front portion of my shoulder, right above the top of my bicep, at the very moment when I make contact with a forehand. I have experienced this issue most frequently when I am warming up, within the first 20 forehands that I hit. And it usually happens when I mis-hit the ball.

    An osteopathic surgeon diagnosed my issue as biceps tendonitis (sp?). He suggested that I rest my shoulder (no tennis) for 3 weeks, and take NAIDs (Alleve, or Advil). I followed this plan. But unfortunately, when I returned to play, the pain returned after about a week of play. I am going in for an MRI soon.

    How has your condition progressed? Did you find anything that helped?

  4. BMC9670

    BMC9670 Hall of Fame

    Nov 24, 2008
    Did your OS not suggest to follow up the rest/recovery period with a strength and flexibility program for shoulder/arm health moving forward? If not, find another OS as you're just asking to repeat the process over and over. Anyone that plays tennis regularly should include shoulder/arm strength and flexibility in their exercise routine to avoid injury and repetitive conditions, especially as we age. Should also evaluate racquet, strings, and technique.

    See a Physical Therapist or look up a program yourself - like the Thrower's Ten. Pretty simple and effective.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2015

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