Avoid sports injuries to keep that swing in your tennis game
Locate resources for sports injuries in Atlanta
By Kelly Sundstrom
If you're athletic, sports injuries are par for the course, no matter what your game. Tennis, in particular, has its own special set of hazards. Injuries to the wrists, shoulders, lower back, knees and elbows are common. Many tennis players suffer from a swelling of their elbows, appropriately known as tennis elbow. If you're an avid tennis player, there are steps you can take to avoid serious injury on the tennis court.
If you play tennis regularly, you might starting to notice that your swinging elbow feels hot, swollen and painful. This type of injury is called tennis elbow, and can be treated and avoided easily.
Other Common Injuries
Pain in your shoulders should never be ignored. When you swing a tennis racket repeatedly, the tendons and ligaments in your shoulders can become strained or even torn. The pain from a shoulder injury like this can feel excruciating and sharp, and may leave you unable to lift your arms. If left untreated, the condition could require surgery.
Make sure to see your Atlanta-area doctor or a chiropractor to treat your injured shoulder right away. Having a thorough evaluation and examination of your shoulder will identify any tears and will indicate what treatment you will need. Treatment can involve rest, alternating ice and heat, chiropractic adjustments, steroidal injections or surgery.
When you think of tennis, you probably think of your swinging your arms and using your back. But don't neglect you legs when you play. When you routinely work your muscles to the point of fatigue during a tennis match, you may start to put undue stress on your leg bones, resulting in stress fractures. This common tennis injury will still leave you able to walk around and move, but will cause a lot of pain when you do. This is because stress fractures cause tiny cracks in your leg bones, which can only heal if allowed to rest.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are several things you can do to keep yourself healthy on the tennis court:
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