Summer is still in the air and tennis has never been more exciting! This week was quite eventful at the US Open Tennis Championships. You must agree that watching the Williams’ sisters, Serena Williams and Venus Williams duel each other was quite a big deal and all over the news. It’s amazing how tennis players seem to play with such grace, focus and agility and still manage to make it look so easy. To the contrary, tennis is a tough sport which can cause many injuries during an athlete’s career. Injuries in the lower body usually affect the ankles and tendons and can be mild or severe. Upper body injuries could be anywhere including the wrists, elbows or shoulders. Tennis is a sport that warrants repetitive movements, swift motion and quick reflexes.
One of the most common tennis injuries is tendinitis or chronic tendinitis. Tendinitis, simply put refers to pain in the tendons. The tendons are the fiber-filled tissues that connect our muscles to our bones. We have tendons in our whole body and any tendon can be affected, but tendinitis usually affects the wrists, elbows, shoulders or heels.
People start to experience tendinitis or concentrated pain in their tendons after repeated motions in a sport or activity. Along with pain, they may also notice difficulty or inaccuracy in performing these motions. The pain may also increase or decrease when they move or change positions. Other symptoms of tendinitis may include:
- Swelling or inflammation
- Stiffness or tightness
- Tenderness with pressure
- Dull ache
Tendinitis is frequently seen in athletes due to their physical exertion but can also be seen in people who have little or no physical routine.
- Golfers, Bowlers, Pitchers, tennis players, Basketball players
- Older Population- due to loss of elasticity in the tendons
- Diabetes or Arthritis patients
- Construction Workers or Laborers
What You Can Do
To treat tendinitis, use good judgement and get some rest. The following home remedies may also help you ease the pain and swelling:
- Ice packs or heat compress
- Elevation of area
- Over the counter medication such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen
- Bandage the area to reduce swelling
- Light stretching exercises or yoga
If you experience pain lasting longer than 3 days without any improvement, find a podiatrist to diagnose your condition immediately. Dr. Paul S. DeMarco is the best choice in your quest for finding a board certified podiatrist. He is an expert who treats adults and children.
Dr. Paul S. DeMarco and his staff located in Somers Point, New Jersey will take care of those achy tendons with their comprehensive approach. Your treatment will include a full consultation to learn about your medical history, a thorough physical examination, and further lab testing if needed. After your evaluation, Dr. DeMarco’s team will design a treatment plan that may include:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Braces or supports (ex. Cane)
- Physical Therapy
Don’t silently suffer and dismiss the pain. Call Dr. Paul S. DeMarco today at (609) 927-4894.