Tennis is phenomenal exercise. However, tennis can also spawn a variety of injuries. Areas particularly prone to injury include the back, neck, elbows, wrists, shoulders, knees and ankles (Am J Sports Med 1991;19:523).
Tennis is a high-impact, physically demanding sport that packs a wallop to the entire body — particularly the back. One way players sideline themselves is by arching back too far on a serve. Another way is by bending incorrectly to retrieve errant balls.
Dr. Smith reminds tennis players to always bend their knees slightly before bending from the waist, on or off the court. The safest way to retrieve a tennis ball is to place it between your heel and tennis racket and lift up.
Chiropractic adjustments to the spine ward off not only tennis-related back and neck pain, but also help restore alignment to the limbs, preventing sports injuries in joints throughout the body. After all, it’s all connected! In addition, the chiropractic approach to preventing tennis injuries may also include adjustments directly to joints in the extremities.
The best way to prevent injuries — on and off the tennis court — is by scheduling regular appointments with Dr. Smith. Regular visits keep your spine and entire body in optimal health.
Dr. Barbara Smith