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Hand pain

Published: 21 Sep 2011 - 19:32 by Gruff Eddie

Updated: 28 Sep 2011 - 16:33

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Hi there

I've been playing squash for a bit over a year now.  I play once a week with a mate of mine.

During the last few games, I've experienced pain in my hand - the third knuckle of my index finger to be precise.

Has anyone else experienced this?  Am I gripping too tightly?

I'm 35 and work in IT - could it be RSI?  I have no issues typing though.  It's a bit weird......

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!


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From rippa rit - 28 Sep 2011 - 16:33

True, arthritis can cause pain in knuckles. This pain could be accelerated by the grip size.

Just check your grip size and, in particular, if the knuckle is fitting around the grip neatly. Once grips were kind of "not round" and a bit rectangular making it possible for the knuckles to fit neatly into the shape of the handle.  You should not have to really squeeze the racket grip so tightly except on impact with the ball - try the slogan "hit and grip" and see if it makes any difference to the amount of tension in the muscles.

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From hamburglar - 27 Sep 2011 - 20:20

If you mean the smallest knuckle on your index finger I can't see how grip would cause that pain. Funny thing, soon after I wrote my first response, I got knuckle pain on the big knuckle of my ring finger. It's kind of like arthritis which gets cleared up with topical or oral antiinflammatories

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From mike - 27 Sep 2011 - 07:42

It sounds like an issue with your grip. Once your grip is correct (i.e. the way you hold the racquet) it may also be that the racquet grip is a bit too thin or thick.

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From Gruff Eddie - 23 Sep 2011 - 23:48

Hi guys


Thanks for the replies.  I'll have a read through the technique in the Squash Library - knowing me, it's bound to be down to me and my grip!


Thanks again!


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From rippa rit - 23 Sep 2011 - 22:03

Before taking meds I would be looking at my technique.  The incorrect grip can cause a lot of strain on the wrist, hand and arm muscles.  Take a look at our extensive squashgame library.

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From hamburglar - 23 Sep 2011 - 20:01

See your doctor, maybe some anti-inflammatories or a cortisone shot will reset it. I've got some odd pains come up in joints, quite painful, but rest or medication just made them vanish.

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