With increasing pain in my right shoulder, mostly when hitting topspin forehands (my favorite stroke!), I went to Naples’ orthopedic Dr. Havig yesterday and got a “cortisone” shot that will hopefully take care of the problem.
The pain is identical to what I experienced eight years ago (which resulted in my only miss of John Newcombe’s October Fantasy Tennis Camp for 13 years). That time was the result of my jumping on the Luxilon Big Banger hard string band wagon.
In taking my history yesterday, the very nice lady Physician’s Assistant asked “what changed to cause this pain?” My Volkl racquets are the same. The Gamma Moto/Glide strings are the same. The string tension is the same. Playing six days a week is the same.
My analysis is that I fell in love with hitting my forehand HARD and have been really attempting to crush the ball (like the big Boys) past my opponents. So will I learn a lesson? We shall see when I get back on the court after four days of letting the shot take effect.
Has anyone had a similar experience?
You should only have 3 injections?
According to Orthosports.com “There is no scientific evidence to support this statement, but it seems to have been set in concrete somewhere along the line. Common sense would suggest if 3 injections given at 4-6 week intervals have been unhelpful then further injections are less likely to be beneficial, but having one further injection if progress is being made is not inappropriate, or indeed dangerous.”
The tennis world is small… Dr. Havig mentioned that he took his high school daughter to view Dartmouth over the winter and took a picture of “Chuck Kinyon’s Wall of Honor” to send back down to Naples to his best friend and fellow doctor who played tennis for Chuck for four years when he was at Dartmouth.
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