Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Tennis is one of those wonderful sports that you can enjoy for a lifetime. If you learn to listen to your body and take care of yourself both on and off the court, you will enjoy it for a lifetime. Houston tennis players, be sure to check out this infographic from Mt. Sinai Hospital, which describes five common tennis injuries, many of which we see in patients here at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. If you know of a tennis player who could benefit from this infographic, please share it with them.
#1 Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Rotator cuff tendonitis is a condition in which the rotator cuff tendons become inflamed. Patients with this injury may feel pain when raising the arm overhead. Repetitive motions, such as serves, can cause this irritation.
#2 Tennis Elbow
Also known as “lateral epicondylitis,” tennis elbow is another injury caused by repetitive motion. Both your groundstroke and backhand could lead to tennis elbow. Symptoms include weak grip strength and a painful burning sensation on the outer part of the elbow.
#3 Low Back Pain
Repetitive movements, strain, and overuse can damage the muscles of the lower back. Be wise and know your limits. Avoid running, jumping or twisting that is beyond your strength and flexibility. Additionally, train your lower back muscles. Increased strength and stability may lower your risk of injury.
#4 Patellar Tendonitis (“Jumper’s Knee”)
Also known as “jumper’s knee,” patellar tendonitis is a condition in which the patellar tendon becomes inflamed. This is caused by repetitive movements, such as running and jumping.
#5 Ankle Sprain
An ankle sprain is one of the most common acute injuries we see on the tennis court. A misstep or poor landing can cause the foot to twist beyond its normal range of motion, stretching or tearing ligaments along the way.
What Treatment Options Are Available?
Patients may have a number of treatment options available at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, including physical therapy referrals, steroid injections and surgery. Your doctor may also provide some conservative at-home therapies you can try yourself before pursuing these options.
Schedule With a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor
For other Houston sports medicine needs, schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.