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Common Tennis-Related Shoulder Injuries & The Ways to Get Relief

November 10, 2021 by admin0
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Tennis is a popular racket sport and a good way to lead an active life. However, one of the drawbacks of this game is, it leads to several shoulder injuries due to repetitive movements. Let’s explore some common shoulder injuries in tennis and how sports medicine doctors can cure such injuries…

Shoulder Injuries Tennis Players Commonly Face

Tennis injuries are mostly because of overuse. There are three shoulder injuries that any avid tennis player can develop –

  • Shoulder Bursitis

There is a small, fluid-filled sac in every shoulder, called the bursa. Bursae help in reducing friction between bones in the joints. When the bursa becomes inflamed, it leads to shoulder bursitis. Symptoms of this disease vary by severity and type. However, it includes fever, pain, tenderness, excess warmth at the injured spot and swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

A rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles around the shoulder joint. This cuff provides multi-directional motion and stability to the joint. When the tendons develop inflammation, it causes rotator cuff tendinitis which further restricts the function and motion of the shoulders. It is usually caused by repeated overhead movements.

  • Tennis Elbow

Inflammation of tendons of the elbow and forearm muscles causes tennis elbow. It often results from improper body positioning or backhand technique. Common symptoms of tennis elbow are pain in the outside elbow and severe to moderate pain in some wrist movements.

Treatment of Shoulder Injuries

The ideal way of dealing with tennis shoulder injuries is by taking care of them as soon as the pain arises. If the injury is caused due to repetitive stress, then playing for a longer time will only increase the inflammation and make recovery more difficult and longer. Aspirin and over-the-counter medicines can give temporary relief to shoulder pains and inflammations. If the pain persists for a long time, then the player should immediately go for a sports medicine doctor.

However, knowing the symptoms of common shoulder injuries related to tennis can help address the symptoms and avoid long-term complications. Sports doctors can examine and then determine the line of treatment that can give relief from the symptoms. There is non-surgical treatment like physiotherapy or bursa injections as well as surgical ones. Doctors use state-of-the-art and most advanced procedures for delivering comfort as fast as possible.


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