In honor of the current U.S. Open, Dr. Jennifer Solomon, Physiatrist, answers readers’ questions on tennis injuries.
Q1. What is the most common injuries you see from tennis players?
The most common tennis injuries include: sprained ankle, shoulder strain or sprain, calf strain, back pain and tennis elbow.
Q2. What are some consequences of playing through pain?
The consequences of playing through pain include making a minor injury into a major injury. Continuing to play through an injury can make it worst. For example, a small stress fracture that might heal quickly can grow into a more serious fracture that can take longer to heal and treat.
Q3. Can common tennis injuries be treated non-surgically?
Yes, most injuries can be treated non-surgically. The majority of injuries require rest and understanding why the injury occurred in the first place. Most injuries occur from misuse or overuse and those need to be corrected so that they do not reoccur.
Q4. I notice lower back pain after I play tennis. Could it be my stance?
Back pain can occur from improper stance, balance and abnormal torque or motion. It is important to have a strong foundation and balance to prevent injuries.
Q5. How can tennis players prevent injuries?
Prevention is key: proper form and technique are key to preventing injuries. Having a wrong core or foundation can prevent the majority of tennis injuries.
Dr. Jennifer L. Solomon is a board-certified physiatrist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her practice is devoted to using non-operative and minimally invasive treatments of spine and sports injuries. Dr. Solomon serves as a team physician for the United States Tennis Association and has worked at such sporting events as the ING New York City Marathon, other races, and tennis and volleyball tournaments.