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INJURIES and conditions in tennis

There are many quick and varied movements that a tennis player will make. This includes turns, stops, jumps and twists; all of which can put a lot of stress on your hips and knees. As a result, there are a number of injuries that a tennis player could sustain. If you play tennis and have sustained an injury, or you have noticed new or increased pain during or after a match, or you are concerned about an existing condition, you can find out more about common tennis injuries and conditions below.


Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)
Also known as “runner’s knee,” PFPS is a common overuse injury that affects the kneecap and the area surrounding it. It can be caused by repetitive movements, such as jumping and twisting while playing tennis.

Meniscus tears
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that provides cushioning between the bones in your knee joint. Meniscus tears can occur during sudden, twisting movements while playing tennis.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
The ACL is a ligament that helps stabilise your knee joint. There are of course many instances throughout a tennis match where a player will make sudden stops or abrupt changes of direction to get to the ball. These movements have the potential to cause an ACL injury.

IT (iliotibial) band syndrome
The IT band is a thick band of tissue that runs along the outside of your thigh, from your hip to your knee. IT band syndrome can occur when this tissue becomes inflamed and irritated due to repetitive movements, such as running and jumping for the ball in a tennis match.

Flare-up of existing knee arthritis
Playing tennis can potentially flare up pre-existing knee arthritis. Tennis involves a lot of repetitive motions, sudden stops, and changes in direction, which can put stress on the knee joints. This can cause pain, swelling, and inflammation in the joints, particularly if there is pre-existing arthritis or other joint-related conditions.


Hip labral tears
The labrum is a piece of cartilage that helps stabilise your hip joint. Hip labral tears can happen during sudden, twisting movements while playing tennis.

Flare-up of existing hip arthritis
Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and damage to the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Playing tennis or any other high-impact sport can exacerbate arthritis symptoms and may cause further damage to the joints. This is especially true if the arthritis is already advanced or severe.


If you experience pain or discomfort in your hips or knees while playing tennis, consider discussing this with a physiotherapist or you can book an appointment with Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Vipin Asopa, to discuss whether treatment is required.


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