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I'm injured with tennis elbow some 90 days ago and I have stop playing for about 60 days. I have bought the NSD PowerBall for rehab purpose but it doesn't seems to heal as well.

Anyone knows how and what I can do to heal faster?

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For the first time in my life I had tennis elbow this past summer. I couldn't isolate the reason why it happened.

To begin with I began playing much more tennis than ever before.
I also changed racquets twice (old school Pro Kennex Black Ace which is stiff to a babolat pure storm limited with poly strings).

From what I have read about tennis elbow any of these things contribute to your elbow pain.

Additionally my backhand was probably not technically correct.

The pain I experienced did not stop me from playing. However, a hitting partner's tennis elbow forced him to stop playing for a couple of months. Additionally my pain was more prominent after playing and only occassionally when hitting certain shots.

Based on the possible causes, I could take the following steps, get a racquet that is more forgiving, use natural gut, use lower string tension, do not use heavy practice balls, use correct backhand technique, or go to double backhand.

I decided to go with the double backhand. That seems to have worked enough for me. Now I can squeeze a tennis ball with my tennis elbow hand without any sign of having had tennis elbow.

By the way, there is tennis elbow which is a pain on the outside of your arm at the elbow and there is golfer's elbow which is a pain on the inside of your arm at the elbow.

I believe the inside pain is more associated with the forehand swing whereas the outside pain is associated with the backhand swing( the preceding observation is totally based on anecdotal evidence).

Basically you have to at the most rest your elbow(supposed only sure treatment). Otherwise you have to decrease the amount of impact on your elbow by:
1) using correct backhand technique/using double backhand

2) using less stiff racquet

3) using strings with less tension

4)rest

Good luck,
Hi Carlos,

Thank you for replying my discussion thread. You are right spot on, I began to play more tennis than before, I used to play twice a week which I have increased to 5 times a week for about one month.

After which, I realised I have pain in the elbow. My have always used Babolat Pure Drive, the first and 2nd generation Pure Drive with Pacific Forten, Hybrid string, tension at 58.

However, I decided to change to Babolat Pro Hurricane + Conquest, tension is now 64 which is 2 lbs above the reccomend which I think cause the problem.

I'm a single back handed which most of my friends say that I have the most proper back hand swing than any of them but was really ashamed that I'm the one who suffer from tennis elbow.

I'm basically a hard hitter and very much a baseliner. During these 60 days, I realised that the single back hand had actually cause most of the pain. I too would like to change to double back hand but didn't know how and where should I start.

I was thinking of getting a coach to train on the double back hand for the time being just to get used to it. If not, perhaps you can also share how you change from your comfortable single to double back hand.

Once again, appreciate much for your reply...:)


Carlos R. said:
For the first time in my life I had tennis elbow this past summer. I couldn't isolate the reason why it happened.

To begin with I began playing much more tennis than ever before.
I also changed racquets twice (old school Pro Kennex Black Ace which is stiff to a babolat pure storm limited with poly strings).

From what I have read about tennis elbow any of these things contribute to your elbow pain.

Additionally my backhand was probably not technically correct.

The pain I experienced did not stop me from playing. However, a hitting partner's tennis elbow forced him to stop playing for a couple of months. Additionally my pain was more prominent after playing and only occassionally when hitting certain shots.

Based on the possible causes, I could take the following steps, get a racquet that is more forgiving, use natural gut, use lower string tension, do not use heavy practice balls, use correct backhand technique, or go to double backhand.

I decided to go with the double backhand. That seems to have worked enough for me. Now I can squeeze a tennis ball with my tennis elbow hand without any sign of having had tennis elbow.

By the way, there is tennis elbow which is a pain on the outside of your arm at the elbow and there is golfer's elbow which is a pain on the inside of your arm at the elbow.

I believe the inside pain is more associated with the forehand swing whereas the outside pain is associated with the backhand swing( the preceding observation is totally based on anecdotal evidence).

Basically you have to at the most rest your elbow(supposed only sure treatment). Otherwise you have to decrease the amount of impact on your elbow by:
1) using correct backhand technique/using double backhand

2) using less stiff racquet

3) using strings with less tension

4)rest

Good luck,
I may have read some online instructionals regarding backhand as well as reading tennis forums.

Basically, a double backhand grip is your forehand grip along with your offhand. The motion is more compact than the single backhand and requires a more pronounced shoulder and torso turn. However as I mentioned my single backhand technique was incorrect therefore my comparison of the motion is personal.

It only took me a week or two to become comfortable with the different motion. I think, again anecdotal, learning the 2hbh after using the 1hbh is easier than vice versa. You will undoubtedly require your 1hbh when having to reach for some shots.

On the plus side, the advantages of 2hbh are being able to disguise your shots and angles much better.

I would youtube jimmy connors and andre agassi for lefty and righty 2hbh.
Hi Carlos,

Sure, thanks so much for your inputs, appreciate it ...:)

I will start to use 2hdb soon and hopefully I can get use to it very soon.

Have a great day ahead !!!
physical therapy is always an option to get some exercises and stretches to help

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