Tennis Injury Prevention from Our McMurray Chiropractor
Tennis would be a lot more fun if you weren't always plagued by tennis injuries. If you spend more time in recovery than on the court, you should acquaint yourself with techniques for preventing those injuries. Dr. Anderson, our McMurray chiropractor at Anderson Chiropractic, can help you stay on top of your game.
Types of Tennis Injuries
The majority of tennis injuries are overuse injuries (strains) of the upper body. Perhaps the most common example is lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow. This injury occurs when micro-tears develop in a tendon that runs along the outside of the elbow. The tendon and its attached forearm muscle, the ECRB muscle, can become increasingly weak and painful. Carpal tunnel syndrome is another common tennis injury due to the constant grip you must maintain on the racket, while overhand swings can irritate the bursal sac in the shoulder, producing bursitis.
Your lower body is not immune to tennis injuries. Twisting your lower back can pull muscles and possibly contribute to lumbar conditions such as sciatica. Stress fractures in the leg or foot sometimes occur as well, especially in junior players.
Our McMurray Chiropractor Can Help You Steer Clear of Tennis Injuries
Tennis injuries may be associated with inadequate warm-up routines, musculoskeletal imbalances, over-training or all of the above. For example, stress fractures occur more frequently in junior players because those players are training harder than their current strength and stamina levels can handle. An off-kilter alignment can place extra strain on specific muscles and connective tissues, increasing injury risk. Tennis elbow and other forms of tendinitis are more likely if you haven't limbered up the arm before jumping onto a set. Our McMurray chiropractor can help you with these issues by providing you with:
Stretching exercises - Our LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretch Partner is a safe, effective way to stretch your glutes, hamstrings and upper body. This stretching machine can help you increase your range of motion while helping you refine your technique and posture. We can also prescribe home exercises such as wrist extensor stretches and neural stretches.
Massage therapy - Massage therapy does a great job of loosening tight muscles and optimizing your performance on the tennis court. Scheduling a sports massage at our clinic before a big match can help you play better and reduce your risk for lateral epicondylitis.
Corrective exercises - If your racket arm, wrist, legs or feet need to be strengthened, we can prescribe physical therapy to do just that. Exercises such as wrist and finger extensions can help you increase your resistance against lateral epicondylitis, for instance. (These exercises should not be done while you are still feeling pain from a current tennis injury.)
Chiropractic adjustment -Spinal adjustments can help normalize your weight distribution and balance, stabilizing your body and your game.
Schedule Preventative Chiropractic Care To Maintain Tennis Performance
Discover the keys to keeping tennis injuries out of your life. Call today for an appointment with our McMurray chiropractor!