Root Sports: April 4, 2019
Root Sports producer Andrew Krasny spoke to Joshua S. Dines, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, who discussed common injuries in tennis players. Dr. Dines notes, "It really kind of breaks down into two different sort of groups. One are the acute injuries, so the ankle sprains, which happens just in the course of play. And then you also see a lot of the overuse type injuries, so just from the repetitive serves and overhands, you see a lot of shoulder, back injuries, rotator cuff, tendonitis, classic things like tennis elbow, and low back strains."
When asked about the relief and treatment he prescribes, Dr. Dines explained, "The good news is the majority of injuries that we see for tennis players and overhead athletes in general respond well to conservative treatment. So for the acute ones, the ankle sprains, things of that nature, ice, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy really play the mainstay of treatment. The same kind of applies to the overuse type injuries, the rotator cuff, tendonitis, the tennis elbow. There it's going to be rest and really shutting it down from tennis for a little while. Formal physical therapy to work on strengthening the muscles around it. Injections may help, whether it's a cortisone injection or even some of the more biologic injections such as PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, so we're getting a little more advanced with that. But I think the good news for tennis players is the overwhelming majority of the time it gets better conservatively."
This segment aired during the April 4, 2019 broadcast.