Tennis Injuries

 

For the treatment of Tennis injuries in Chatham, contact the specialist team at Princes Avenue Osteopathic Clinic

 

These include:tennis injuries

Tennis Elbow

Shoulder pain

Calf Strain

Sprained Ankle

Back Pain

 

Tennis Elbow – what is it and how to avoid it.

 

Tennis elbow is inflammation of the forearm muscles and tendons at their point of attachment at the elbow. They become inflamed from prolonged gripping of the racquet.

 

Tips to avoid tennis elbow:

  • Do not grip the racquet too hard, or for too long.
  • Make sure the racquet handle is the correct size for your hand – you will grip harder if it is too small.
  • At the start of the tennis season build up gradually having first warmed up the muscles then take regular breaks during the game and stretch the muscles doing wrist exercises (policeman halting traffic movement and limp wrist movements)
  • If you are in discomfort after the game rest the elbow and apply a cold pack.
  • If you have developed tennis elbow contact your Osteopath for further treatment to alleviate the pain and rehabilitate the muscles and tendons.

Shoulder pain

 

rotator cuff musclesThe frequency and force of tennis strokes, particularly the serve can cause over use injuries in some muscle groups of the shoulder.

 

The rotator cuff muscles which stabilise the shoulder often injure and can lead on to bursitis in the shoulder.

 

Tips to avoid shoulder injuries:

  • Increase the amount of training or the time spent playing gradually so the muscles have time to adapt to the increased work load.
  • If you are in some discomfort apply a cold pack to the shoulder.
  • If the problem persists seek Osteopathic treatment to restore flexibility to the shoulder and stabilise the shoulder with an exercise programme.

 

Calf Strain

 

The back of the leg below the knee, the calf, has muscle that allows the heel push-off when the tennis player has to react quickly to an opponent’s shot.

 

If the muscle is forcibly overstretched muscle fibres can tear. This is a calf strain.

 

Tips to avoid calf strain:

  • Do warm-up exercises before playing
  • Ensure you are properly hydrated before and during the match.
  • The muscle needs energy to work well so eat carbohydrates before and during the match.
  • If the muscle has strained try to apply ice (not directly to the skin) as quickly as possible as well as rest, compression and elevation.
  • Once the muscle has healed scar tissue may hinder complete recovery. Your Osteopath can help with this allowing the muscle to return to full function.

 

Back Pain

 

tennis playerA tennis serve requires the back to hyperextend (backbend) twist and side bend this can put a lot of stress through the joints of the spine.

 

This can cause backache usually in the lower back and particularly in young tennis players it may also cause a stress fracture. If a stress fracture is suspected this would need to be confirmed with further investigations from your doctor.

 

Tips to avoid back pain:

  • Maintain good flexibility in the spine
  • Strengthen your core stability muscles
  • Do warm-up exercises for your back, back bending. Twisting and side bending the back.
  • Check with a tennis coach that you are not overloading your back during the tennis serve.