Top 5 Tennis Injuries

Top 5 Tennis Injuries

It is Wimbledon fortnight and the whole of the country goes tennis mad for 2 weeks so we thought we’d jump on the tennis bandwagon. Here is a list of the top 5 tennis injuries.

Most people think of tennis elbow as the top tennis sporting injury but this is not true says Alison Eaves a Chiropractor in Leeds. “Because of the rapid change of pace and subsequent deceleration it is lower extremity injuries that cause tennis players the most problems. Achilles tendonitis, infrapatellar tendonitis, strained gastrocnemius (calf muscle) and sprained ankles are some of the most common tennis injuries. The overhead serving action plays havoc with backs and knees as well as the shoulders.”

Top 5 Tennis Injuries

  • Sprained ankle
  • Shoulder pain
  • Calf strain
  • Stress fracture of the back
  • Tennis elbow

So number 1 in the top 5 tennis injuries is a sprained ankle, no great surprises there as this is the number 1 sports injury. This is why tennis plays work very hard on all aspects of their balance and control of movement. Poor movement patterns and lack of flexibility will inevitably increase the likelihood of turning an ankle. Even a very minor sprained ankle may lead to 7-10 days of forced rest and in more severe cases may take 6 to 8 weeks to fully heal.

The overhead serving action is responsible for the number 2 on the list, shoulder pain. Any overhead action reduces sub-acromial space and can lead to impingement of the rotator cuff tendons. Once inflamed it can require a lengthy period of rehabilitation to reduce the inflammation and restore full movement to the shoulder.

Number 3 is a calf strain normally caused by rapid acceleration and deceleration. Expect to take 2 weeks off for a minor calf strain and 3-4 weeks if more severe and more muscle fibres are torn. Treatment involves gentle massage to the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles that make up the calf muscle to prevent the muscle fibres shortening as they heal and then progressive exercises to strengthen and stabilise the ankle, knees and hips to prevent recurrence.

Number 4 on the list is a stress fracture of the back and yet again it is the serving action that causes the problem. Extension and rotation of the lumbar spine and the repetitive nature of the serving action mean additional stress is placed on the vertebra of the spine and over time this weakens the bone. Symptoms include progressive low back pain and if left untreated this can go on to become quite a serious injury. So if in doubt seek professional advice for any low back pain.

Finally you may not be surprised to see tennis elbow coming in at number 5 of the top 5 tennis injuries. According to the International Tennis Federation “An estimated 50% of all tennis players will suffer from tennis elbow in the course of their career. Players over 35 are particularly at risk.” (http://www.itftennis.com/scienceandmedicine/injury-clinic/tennis-injuries/tennis-elbow.aspx)

Let’s not forget that our resident superstar Andy Murray received regular treatment for a low back injury from Jean-Pierre Bruyere, the resident chiropractor for the Lawn Tennis Association. Chiropractors are now commonplace in the world of professional tennis with many of the game’s top players travelling with a chiropractor and chiropractors are present at almost every top tennis tournament.

Revive Chiropractic is based in the North Leeds suburb of Adel and chiropractor Alison Eaves is available to help with all of the top 5 tennis injuries.

Chiropractic Offer: Consultation Only £27.50 in December

Here at Revive Chiropractic we don’t want back pain or neck pain to ruin your Christmas so we have half price initial consultations on offer in December. Instead of the usual £55 fee, for December only you can get a consultation (including treatment) for only £27.50. Think of it as an early Christmas present from us to you. All you need to do is quote ‘DEC 14’ at the time of booking.

An initial consultation includes taking a thorough case history and examination to determine what is causing your pain. We then explain the findings and hopefully what chiropractic treatment can do to help improve your symptoms and time permitting some treatment for you as well.

We have early morning appointments from 8am and work late until 7pm several nights a week so we should be able to fit an appointment around any work or family commitments. The clinic is located on the main Otley Road A660 in Adel, north Leeds, less than a mile from the ring road. There is ample free parking outside the clinic.

So call Revive Chiropractic today on 0113 347 2801 to book your appointment and don’t forget to quote ‘DEC 14’ at the time of booking to take advantage of this offer.

Spring newsletter. News from Revive Chiropractic…

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Our spring newsletter contains details of our chiropractor’s latest training efforts in the build up to the Milton Keynes marathon. Chiropractor Alison has been  in training since the start of the new year and is now just about six weeks away from race day. Alison our chiropractor is running the marathon in May as her second ever marathon and is hoping to beat her previous personal best time of 4 hours 10 minutes. So be sure to watch this space for further updates of the pain, sweat and tears along the way.

We also have sports massage coming available at the clinic so if you are someone who has always thought about trying sports massage then get booked in! Sports massage complements chiropractic treatment really well and sessions are available for 30 minutes or 60 minutes and priced at £30 and £50 respectively.A healthy functioning body really does require healthy joints, a healthy nervous system and relaxed muscles and soft tissues. You can book in for sports massage the usual way by just contacting the clinic on 07828 686026 or a quick text or e-mail should will get you booked in.

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