Wrist pain?

bc-05

Semi-Pro
Hey guys i just came back to tennis after a long lay off (around 2 years) because being busy with work and family..

However the past month i have started playing again(previously player d1).. however eventhough i have never had any wrist injuries in the past.. ive started to notice in the last 2 weeks that my wrist hurts everytime i hit the ball (especially forehand).. and it gets worse and worse the more i play.. i took a rest for the past 3 days and the pain went away until i had a hit again today and the pain came back (to a point where i dont feel like playing because it was too painful)... and atm im playing with head microgel radical mp (weighted up to 345g) and played with natural gut/poly hybrid at 50lbs.. i think my setup is really meant to be very arm friendly right?

So for those of you that had wrist injuries in the past.. how do you heal wrist injuries? Does it mean that i should stop playing until it heals completely? Or once you have this injury the tendons will never get back to normal? If i shouldnt stop playing - does this mean that everytime i play i have to go through this pain? Thanks in advance guys
 

Heck

Rookie
I had wrist pain when I went up 5 pounds on my hybrid set up and went into lockdown with the pain. I was playing hard the last few matches.
It hurt without tennis for a month and I made the choice to buy the wilson clash. I played a few months after and felt the wrist again even with
the clash set up with poly at 40 pounds.

I started to tape up my wrist to limit the motion and went full syn gut at 45 pounds. I also used a massage gun on my neck and shoulder. I read that
the nerve can be pinched in the neck and pain can be felt in the wrist. I kept playing the pain went away in a month's time. My forearm was acting up
also but I guess it got used to playing and it got better also.
 

bc-05

Semi-Pro
is it on the dorsal or palmar side?
to be honest the pain happens when theres ball impact while hitting a forehand.. any kind of forehand actually hurts.. but it is mostly when i tried to add the wrist to a topspin forehand that it hurts the most
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
lololololololol manohman................too many ppl cooked their wrists/elbows chasing 'top spins' under some 'coaches' guidance. top spins are from legs/torsos etc not from wrists/elbows of ur arms. don't force them to do what they're not evolved mil yrs for:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D......................
 

LOBALOT

Professional
Set the racquet down and go see the best hand guy in your area. The best that could come of it is he says it is just overuse and to continue to rest it. If it is something else you have the best to provide guidance and next steps. I wouldn't mess with it.
 

Injured Again

Professional
the pain is located on the ulnar side of the wrist (the bone on the pinky side of the fingers)
I went through about a three or four month period of this, starting late last year. It was diagnosed as a TFCC injury, which you can read up on here:


For me, the injury started when I started changing my forehand technique, to get a bit more wrist lag at the point of initiating the forward swing. I was practicing hard getting ready for a tournament and hit with my son, who can really whack the ball. I got caught late a few times on the forehand and made poor contact before my wrist got back to a neutral position.

For me, the diagnosis was pretty simple. I had pain on the ulnar side when pushing with my palm in a hand position like when doing a push-up. It hurt to hit forehands and to a lesser extent when serving.

I think I remember it starting in the November/December timeframe, and I played through it even though I probably shouldn't have. It didn't really start to subside until about March, and it healed up due to a lot less playing during the pandemic shutdown. It did help that I taped my wrist and palm up when I played, but that created a bunch of problems holding the racquet. I'm not having any more symptoms at the moment.

Good luck.
 

Tennease

Legend
Many years ago I used a light racquet, and it gave me wrist pain.

Then I researched online about the best racquet for arm comfort. A lot of them says that heavier racquet and softer string is better for your arm.

Since I switched to my current racquet which is heavier and heftier and with softer string, I don't have any wrist pain anymore. No tennis elbow, no shoulder pain. It feels so so comfortable. The racquet feels very stable at contact and does not wobble. The softer string and power pads also helps to absorb vibration.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
@Tennease @bc-05

Good advice about steering clear of light racquets. They are only suitable if you don't hit the ball very hard and you play against others who also hit the slowish / easy.

A Head μgel Radical MP at 345g wouldn't be a light racquet tho. For some players, it might even be a bit too heavy; especially if the swingweight is very high. Might consider backing off the lead a little bit and see if that helps at all.

But, instead of reducing the lead / weight, it might be a better idea to go softer on the strings. Poly strings can be major factor when it comes to wrist crunch. You might consider going even lower than 50 lbs with the poly/hybrid setup. Or ditch the poly completely... at least until the wrist has completely recovered for a while.

The μgel Radical MP itself is fairly wrist / arm friendly from what I've heard. If you want to try something even friendlier, try the Volkl Classic V1 (or a more current Volkl) or the Wilson Clash or (Blade Countervail). Many of the Prince frames are extremely arm-friendly. Ditto for ProKennex and some of the Yonex frames.
 

Tennease

Legend
@Tennease @bc-05

Good advice about steering clear of light racquets. They are only suitable if you don't hit the ball very hard and you play against others who also hit the slowish / easy.

A Head μgel Radical MP at 345g wouldn't be a light racquet tho. For some players, it might even be a bit too heavy; especially if the swingweight is very high. Might consider backing off the lead a little bit and see if that helps at all.

But, instead of reducing the lead / weight, it might be a better idea to go softer on the strings. Poly strings can be major factor when it comes to wrist crunch. You might consider going even lower than 50 lbs with the poly/hybrid setup. Or ditch the poly completely... at least until the wrist has completely recovered for a while.

The μgel Radical MP itself is fairly wrist / arm friendly from what I've heard. If you want to try something even friendlier, try the Volkl Classic V1 (or a more current Volkl) or the Wilson Clash or (Blade Countervail). Many of the Prince frames are extremely arm-friendly. Ditto for ProKennex and some of the Yonex frames.
When I used a light racquet which contributed to wrist pain, the racquet had soft synthetic guy Wilson Sensation string. It gave me wrist pain due to the light racquet, and not the soft string. It probably would feel better if it was strung at a lower tension though.

But now with my heavy racquet, I use soft multifilament string and strung at 50+ pounds and I don't feel any discomfort.

I hit hard everyday. I hit heavy topspin as well as flat shots.
 

BlueB

Legend
@Tennease @bc-05

Good advice about steering clear of light racquets. They are only suitable if you don't hit the ball very hard and you play against others who also hit the slowish / easy.

A Head μgel Radical MP at 345g wouldn't be a light racquet tho. For some players, it might even be a bit too heavy; especially if the swingweight is very high. Might consider backing off the lead a little bit and see if that helps at all.

But, instead of reducing the lead / weight, it might be a better idea to go softer on the strings. Poly strings can be major factor when it comes to wrist crunch. You might consider going even lower than 50 lbs with the poly/hybrid setup. Or ditch the poly completely... at least until the wrist has completely recovered for a while.

The μgel Radical MP itself is fairly wrist / arm friendly from what I've heard. If you want to try something even friendlier, try the Volkl Classic V1 (or a more current Volkl) or the Wilson Clash or (Blade Countervail). Many of the Prince frames are extremely arm-friendly. Ditto for ProKennex and some of the Yonex frames.
I injured my wrist from a too heavy racquet (wood) in my youth.

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BlueB

Legend
to be honest the pain happens when theres ball impact while hitting a forehand.. any kind of forehand actually hurts.. but it is mostly when i tried to add the wrist to a topspin forehand that it hurts the most
There's your answer. Wrist is not supposed to do anything, not actively at least.

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