Tennis is a great activity for getting fit. It requires speed, endurance, coordination, balance, and power. As with any sport, however, there are a number of injuries that can occur. We’ve all heard of tennis players suffering from tennis elbow, but only about 5% of people who experience tennis elbow actually play tennis. Besides tennis elbow, there are a number of other injuries tennis players may be prone to.
Other injuries commonly suffered by tennis players include: rotator cuff tendinitis and injuries to the back, knees, calves, Achilles tendons, and ankles. Tennis elbow and rotator cuff tendinitis are caused by the motion, and force of swinging the racket, while the various leg injuries are generally caused by the frequent and sudden stops, starts, and pivots common to the game.
If you are experiencing pain in any of these areas, it is important to rest the affected area. Ice and compression can relieve pain and swelling, while elevating the area can reduce inflammation. Continuing to try to play through pain will only serve to aggravate the injury, making it more difficult to treat.
Chiropractic care can help speed healing of most tennis-related injuries, as well as helping to prevent future injury. Most people think of chiropractors as focusing on spinal misalignments, but this is a misconception. Chiropractors can offer help with a variety of problems. In this article, we’ll focus on injuries to the arm, specifically the rotator cuff, elbow, and wrist.
These injuries are often a result of a combination of technique and using the wrong racket for you. Using a racket with a small head, a grip that is too small for your hand, or strings that are too tight can all place excessive strain on the joints of your arm, increasing the risk of injury. In some cases, tennis elbow can even be traced back to a problem in the neck. A chiropractor is trained to see the connections between these seemingly unrelated issues to help resolve the underlying problem.
A chiropractor, especially one familiar with tennis injuries, can offer help in a variety of ways. A chiropractor can offer treatment options to help promote healing and can recommend exercises to increase strength and flexibility in the muscles.
The first thing we will do when you visit after an injury will be to evaluate the nature and extent of the injury. Then a treatment plan will be recommended. Options may include adjustments, massage, dry needling (similar to acupuncture), and stretching. You will likely be advised to rest the area for a time to allow healing to take place.
After the injury has begun to heal, we may recommend a series of exercises that will help you to regain strength and flexibility in the affected area, but also in surrounding areas that lend support to the injured area.
At NeuroBalance Chiropractic, we are familiar with tennis injuries, and can help you identify the particular motions that contribute to your injury and help you to perfect your technique so as to minimize your risk of injury in the future.
If you are suffering from any type of tennis injury call us now. If you play tennis, even if you aren’t currently suffering from any type of injury, schedule one of our free tennis technique evaluations so we can help you minimize your risk of injury in the future. Just mention the free evaluation when you call.