How to deal with hand pain?

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
Specifically, back of hand/knuckle joints.

I cured my tennis elbow through a combination of rest, strengthening, stretching. I fixed my shoulder/back pain through the same. But the limited stretches available for the hand don't really help, i already do a variety of grip strengthening exercises, but there's not really anything to target back of hand, right? I feel the pain is mostly caused due to shock/vibration from my uncomfortable racket. I am trying to change my technique (in particular, loosening my grip, especially right after contact), I've tried comfort-oriented overgrips and replacement grips, multifilament strings...some help a little, others don't, but the pain remains. Right now the pain is only during 3+ hour sessions and only a vague soreness/stiffness, but I figure it will only get worse and appear in shorter sessions too.

Anyone find anything that helps them? It feels like I have arthritis in my dominant hand and not the other on some days. I want to avoid changing rackets since I don't really vibe with any of the low stiffness rackets as well as my current pure strike 18x20 (vcore pro, gravity, tf40, CX, blade all ones i've tried, with vcore pro being the best of the bunch for me), but tennis is not my career so health > performance :(. maybe it's just unrealistic to play for hours and not have any pain unless you are a fit 18 year old lol.
 
Specifically, back of hand/knuckle joints.

I cured my tennis elbow through a combination of rest, strengthening, stretching. I fixed my shoulder/back pain through the same. But the limited stretches available for the hand don't really help, i already do a variety of grip strengthening exercises, but there's not really anything to target back of hand, right? I feel the pain is mostly caused due to shock/vibration from my uncomfortable racket. I am trying to change my technique (in particular, loosening my grip, especially right after contact), I've tried comfort-oriented overgrips and replacement grips, multifilament strings...some help a little, others don't, but the pain remains. Right now the pain is only during 3+ hour sessions and only a vague soreness/stiffness, but I figure it will only get worse and appear in shorter sessions too.

Anyone find anything that helps them? It feels like I have arthritis in my dominant hand and not the other on some days. I want to avoid changing rackets since I don't really vibe with any of the low stiffness rackets as well as my current pure strike 18x20 (vcore pro, gravity, tf40, CX, blade all ones i've tried, with vcore pro being the best of the bunch for me), but tennis is not my career so health > performance :(. maybe it's just unrealistic to play for hours and not have any pain unless you are a fit 18 year old lol.
I'm sorry you are dealing with this hand pain. Things that keep you from enjoying tennis suck hard.

Can I ask what type of forehand and backhand grip you are using? Different grips apply stress on different parts of the arm/hand.

I would also say that you might want to practice having a loose grip in your ready position and take back in general. Many of the older players I play with grip their racquet like a vice in their ready position. Even if they are not making contact with the ball, this extended period of holding their racquet tightly puts a lot of strain on your hand.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
backhand = continental, sometimes between continental and eastern depending on how much time i have on a shot
forehand = eastern to semi-western

oh to clarify, when i mentioned loosening my grip, i mean purely in my stroke. i'm very loose during ready position, racket practically dangling from my hands, but thanks for mentioning. harder to pay attention during stroke since i am focusing on the game :confused: but i am trying
 
hard to tell...i would say definitely in my index finger tendon/knuckle joint, but the rest of the back of my hand is a general soreness/tightness that doesn't feel specific to the other tendons.
Using a flex bar will take care of all extensor tendons. And help with TE prevention.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Play sports and things are going to hurt. Mitigate it by reducing shock to hand. Wilson Shock shield and a comfort overgrip. Multifilament strings. Little heavier frame.
 
backhand = continental, sometimes between continental and eastern depending on how much time i have on a shot
forehand = eastern to semi-western

oh to clarify, when i mentioned loosening my grip, i mean purely in my stroke. i'm very loose during ready position, racket practically dangling from my hands, but thanks for mentioning. harder to pay attention during stroke since i am focusing on the game :confused: but i am trying
Interesting. If you have had problems with tennis elbow before as well, my assumption is that there is something going on with your stroke. Specifically that you may be tensing during contact and perhaps even actively trying to move your wrist when it should be passive.

Your backhand is a 1 handed or 2 handed stroke?
 
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