Pain in Ring Finger -- Any Ideas and Recovery Time?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by hansdansk, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. hansdansk

    hansdansk New User

    Apr 27, 2013
    Hello Fellow Tennis Junkies :)

    Last week I played 5 matches in less than 36 hours -- and now my ring finger on my playing hand is **extremely** sore. Sharp pain between the knuckle and first joint, on the right side of the finger. Some details:

    - no swelling occurred
    - I have full mobility of the finger -- no trigger finger or lock-up
    - pain is limited to when I hold my racket with a forehand grip (western) or pick up an item that is 2-3+ pounds
    - I have a very loose grip when hitting all strokes

    Oddly, I have no pain when hitting a 1-h backhand. But a forehand feels like screwdriver is being jammed into the side of my finger.

    Anyone have experience with this problem? Thoughts/recos for rehabing it? I'm simply not playing now; buddy-taping the ring finger to stabilize.

    thanks in advance. I'm officially dying to get out on the courts.:cry:
  2. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    Hopefully it is just a "bruise" that will respond to rest. (5 matches in a day and a half is a lot of tennis ball bashing.)
  3. jussumman

    jussumman Professional

    Oct 9, 2013
    NJ USA
    I have the same issue. I don't know what tennis elbow (never had any tennis related issues like this I'm reading about), but this might be "tennis finger" (at least what I'm calling it). It' feels like the finger was twisted and pain right above the knuckle when you bend it down. It's triggered by service motion. It goes away in a couple days but how to stop it?

    I took 2 years off and had no pain in fingers, then got a new racket Wednsday, hit around and served for an hour, and this morning like clockwork, it's back, the weird pain in the ring finger ( and only that 1 finger). I am wondering if the handle of the racket is too thick or too thin, that might be causing it. I'm holding the racket like normally (semi-western grip, continental). I can't see how it's a joint issue to get checked out as there is no pain any other time other than after practicing service motion. I don't know how else to change grip on the racket. Guess go get it checked out if persists mysteriously.
  4. TennisSamurai

    TennisSamurai New User

    Mar 7, 2016
    US of A

    You probably did something without realizing it during those matches. Also 5 matches will take a toll on your body with a high amount of physical stress. Not exactly sure about why your finger hurts and the variables involved with the injury. I would conclude it has to be something in your stroke or a event such as a miss hit, jam or so on. You can try tapping it, but I would suggest just trying to ice it and take it easy for a couple days or until the pain leaves(Obviously don't want to make it worse.). If i had to suspect anything it would be a stress fracture, but don't take my word for it.
  5. movdqa

    movdqa G.O.A.T.

    Sep 19, 2006
    Sounds ghastly.

    I'd probably see a doctor if it was a recurring problem.

    TE and GE is common with a lot of research on it and various known solutions that may or may not work for the individual.

    I've never run into this particular problem, nor do I want to in the future.

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