Tennis is a demanding sport that involves repetitive movements, quick changes in direction, and high-impact actions. Tennis players are hence prone to a variety of injuries, which we have a great deal of experience helping with.
What We Treat
Some of these injuries can be quite severe which need treatment and rehabilitation, and others can be often addressed through strength and biomechanical correction.
Elbow pain and stiffness can be common such as Tennis elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis, is a disorder that causes pain and inflammation on the outside of the elbow. Through methods including manual treatment, stretching, strengthening exercises, and modalities like shockwave and needling physiotherapy can be beneficial. In order to reduce extra stress on the tendons, physiotherapists can also educate patients on optimal technique, strength, equipment, and training changes.
Tennis players are more likely to sustain shoulder ailments such labral tears, impingement syndrome, and rotator cuff tendonitis. Through physical treatment, manual therapy, and modalities like heat or cold therapy, the shoulder muscles can be strengthened and range of motion can be improved. Function can be restored and potential injuries can be avoided with the aid of targeted rehabilitation programmes for the rotator cuff and scapular stabilisers.
The repetitive jumping, turning, and lateral motions associated in tennis can lead to knee problems such as patellar tendinitis, meniscus tears, and patellofemoral pain syndrome. Proprioceptive exercises, balance training, and manual treatment techniques are among physiotherapy interventions that can be used to strengthen the lower limbs, enhance knee stability, and speed up the healing process.
Ankle sprains are frequent in tennis and usually happen when a player lands awkwardly or abruptly changes direction. Through exercises, manual treatment, taping methods, and balance training, physiotherapy can help to manage pain and swelling, restore joint mobility, and improve ankle strength and stability. Education regarding appropriate footwear and ankle bracing is also helpful in preventing re-injury.
Achilles and calf injuries:
The calf muscles and the Achilles tendon are particularly vulnerable to strain and injury in tennis due to the repetitive stress placed on them during play. The calf muscles, which include the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, are responsible for providing power and propulsion during movements such as running, jumping, and pushing off for quick sprints. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and is essential for transmitting force from the muscles to the foot. Injuries in these areas can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty with walking or running
Tennis players can be at risk of back injuries, such as strained muscles, herniated discs, or facet joint dysfunction. Through targeted exercises, manual treatment, postural correction, and instruction on good body mechanics during play, physiotherapy can help reduce discomfort, increase flexibility, and strengthen the core and back muscle
How We Can Help!
Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the management and rehabilitation of these injuries in tennis players.
The method of treatment depends depend on the kind and extent of the injury, but it may involve pain management, physical therapy, manual therapy, modalities, and education on avoiding injuries. Tennis players can work closely with Achieve Health to create individualised rehabilitation plans, address biomechanical concerns, and encourage a safe and effective return to the sport.