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How Playing Tennis Causes Knee Pain?

Tennis is a forward-moving game that requires physical action and mental concentration. Long-time players of this beloved game can experience intense stress on their knees. Injuries related to playing tennis can strike even the most talented players without warning. Knee pain from tennis is not generally associated with a specific injury but is the result of long-standing issues predating either form or repetitive processes that can lead to knee pain. While some players report problems from the outset, others may discover symptoms after years of frequenting fast and dynamic playing. 

Here are 5 ways of treating and preventing Tennis Knee with chiropractic care.

1. Warm-up

Knee pain from tennis can occur due to a lack of preparation. Therefore, it is essential to warm up your body before playing the game. Warm-up exercises include stretching and mobility drills that involve the knees. Also, it is vital to have a good warm-up routine before playing. This will help you avoid injury and improve your performance.

2. Strengthen Muscles in the Legs and Hips

Glutes, quads, ITB, and adductor muscles are responsible for supporting the knee and maintaining its position. They also provide stability to the joint. Therefore, it is vital to strengthen the powers of the leg and hip. This will help reduce the stress placed on the knee joint during play. Knee pain from tennis can often be the result of weak muscles in the glutes and quads.

3. Strengthen the Quadriceps

The quadriceps muscle is responsible for knee extension. Therefore, strengthening the quadriceps will allow the knee to react quickly and effectively. It also improves your balance and flexibility. Strengthening this muscle will help you avoid injuries from playing tennis. According to recent research, tennis players are at a higher risk of quadriceps injury than other athletes.

4. Avoidance of Injury

Some players may have knee pain from tennis problems due to how they play tennis. If you are prone to injury, it is best to play tennis or any sport with caution. If you are experiencing knee pain, try to alter your game and avoid certain types of shots that may cause problems. Usually, this involves changing the direction of your hitting positions and changing the distance at which you hit the ball. Pay attention to what may be hurting while you play and address the root cause.

5. Improve your Playing Posture

Tennis requires players to keep their knees bent and backs straight to serve and volley. This activity needs the body to be in a position that is not natural. Therefore, it is vital to learn how to properly position your body while playing tennis to avoid knee pain.

Prevent Knee Pain with Chiropractic Care

Knee pain from tennis is a common problem among recreational and professional players. However, it is not impossible to avoid. Chiropractors practice a more holistic approach than other professionals and may be trained in physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, or more. A chiropractor may be able to bring a wide range of skills to address your problem. Give us a call at (415) 521-3073 or book your next appointment now!

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