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Common Injuries in Tennis

By October 3, 2018No Comments

Ankle sprains

Ankle Sprain are the most common acute injury in tennis players. It can lead to significant time lost to injury and long-term disability. If poorly managed, this can lead to re-injury, muscular atrophy, increased stiffness, and reduced competitive capacity. Some may sprain their ankles outside of the tennis court. This may be when walking down stairs, on uneven ground, or by a misstep. Thousands of ankles are sprained daily.

Most people think their sprains are inconsequential, but mismanagement may predispose ankle instability or a missed fracture injury. You need to consult a healthcare professional if there is ankle swelling, pain with fingertip pressure, or difficulty standing or walking. Prevention strategies are proven to reduce the likelihood of acute injury. Appropriate progressive strength & conditioning, balance & proprioception, agility, and cardiovascular training can improve endurance, power, and coordination during play.

Manual therapy can help reduce muscle stiffness and fatigue accumulated in training and competitive play. This helps optimize rest and recovery for athletes. After an injury, optimizing tissue repair and recovery through structured rest, exercise prescription, and manual therapy will reduce overall time spent off-court and improve performance when returning to sport.

Tennis Elbow

Should you have surgery, or conservative treatment?

Although with excellent results, evidence currently demonstrates no additional benefit of surgical excision of degenerative tendon over and above placebo (e.g. incision and exposure of tendon). Manual therapy intervention accelerates your rehabilitation.

Manipulative techniques performed by a trained professional allows for better and faster recovery of the affected tendon. Specific manual procedures improve the tendon and muscle’s capacity to stretch and strengthen. Graded exercise therapy is beneficial in improving outcomes. Most tendinopathies respond brilliantly to progressive, resistance-based training. The intensity of exercise depends on symptom acuity and whether swelling is present. Through incremental training, your tendon will increase its tensile strength, elasticity, and capacity to see you through your matches.

Our therapists @ The Body Group can help.
Physiotherapy can help manage your pain, improve your strength and flexibility. We can provide a variety of treatments and help you understand your problem. We may recommend a series of exercise that help reduce your elbow strain, improve tendon healing, to accelerate your return-to-play.
Osteopaths assess the functional biomechanics of your upper limb and their interrelationships. We ascertain the structural integrity of the joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the injury. Our comprehensive treatment will help optimize your movement efficiency and recovery.

Improve your performance. Up your game.

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