I play alot of tennis. It is my favorite pastime and I feel I am pretty good at it. MY USTA level is 4.0. The best part of my game is my serve. This is virtually the only physical exercise I get on a weekly basis.
Last September, I played mixed doubles one fateful night. The next day, my wrist hurt. I had to play again in the Sectional Playoffs, so I gobbled up Advil and wrapped the wrist in a brace. That was painful, but tolerable.
Since the playoffs were over, I allowed my wrist to heal. October…November…December. Why wasn’t it healing? I started to ask my doctors at Kaiser Permanente. The first doctor said it was a sprain and would take a few weeks. The second doctor said it was a sprain and it could take a few months. Then I got an xRAY and MRI. The last doctor eliminated all other possibilities (like occult ganglions and torn ligaments). he said it was a sprain and might take up to a year to heal.
How could such divergent healing schedules be told to me? It seems like they were just randomly picking a date in the future and hoping I stop bothering them.
I tried to play again by taping up the wrist and using a brace. Not only was my game terrible, but the pain lasted about a week. (My game dropped to roughly 3.0 level) The last doctor said that if I push it, I could end up with a rupture and much more serious injury.
I am left in a quandary. I can’t play and currently get no exercise. The doctor has given me no course of action other than to stop playing. I am using a gyro ball as a form of physical therapy. I have no idea when I should start playing.
If this continues, I am considering getting a ball machine and practicing lefty. I wonder how long it would take me to get to 3.0 or 3.5 level as a lefty.
Growing old sucks. Hair falls out. You get fat. Your body started to fail. Excema. Ugh. Even if I heal, I likely will have to wear a wrist brace for the rest of my life. Thanks Old Age.