5 Most Common Tennis Injuries and Treatment at Brunswick Heads Physio


Spring is here, and if you’re a keen tennis player you’ll no doubt be gearing up to get back on the court.  Whilst tennis is not a high-intensity sport, we still see many people presenting with tennis related injuries. Tennis can be a fast-paced game, and when you add hard surfaces into the mix the risk of injury rises. In this blog post, Brunswick Heads Physio will highlight five of the most common tennis related injuries and the best options for treatment.

If you’re suffering from a sporting injury and are seeking sports physiotherapy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.

  1. Rotator Cuff Tears

Sudden force or impact can lead to a rotator cuff tear, this could occur when trying to hit a fast-moving ball, during a serve or due to a fall on a hard-court surface. Your rotator cuff plays a critical role, as it keeps your arm firmly within the shoulder socket. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles as well as tendons, and sudden damage or tearing will cause significant pain which may limit shoulder mobility.

Rotator cuff tears can be partial or complete, with symptoms ranging from ongoing pain to weakness, tender shoulders and cracking/clicking or popping sounds during shoulder movement.

  1. Tennis Elbow

Every tennis player has heard about tennis elbow (or lateral epicondylitis) before. Anyone who plays tennis on a regular basis is at risk, as this injury is caused by overuse of tendons and muscles surrounding your outer elbow. With each session they become more inflamed, and small tears and damage can begin to form on the tendons.

This can result in sharp elbow pain, weaker grip and a burning sensation around the elbow. Don’t put up with the pain, give us a call and we’ll tailor a treatment plan to have you back out on the court before you know it.

  1. Ankle Sprain

Tennis involves a lot of sharp movements, which combined with the fast pace of the game can easily lead to a twisted ankle. The ankle is a delicate area which can be sprained due to an unexpected movement, awkward fall or sudden changes in ground surface whilst running around the court.

If you suspect you might have sprained your ankle, you should give us a call immediately. Typical symptoms include swelling, bruising, stiffness, pain and tenderness around the ankle when walking.

  1. Knee Injuries

We regularly see ACL and MCL injuries here at Brunswick Heads Physio, along with other knee related injuries. The constant change in direction accompanied with stopping and starting during a tennis match places strain on the knee, causing muscles and ligaments to stretch and become damaged.

  1. Stress Fractures

During a serve you place significant stress on the vertebra, as this move requires you to extend, rotate, bend and flex in a smooth and consistent movement. Forehand and backhand hits can also contribute to stress fractures. It’s not uncommon to experience back pain after a tennis match, and if you notice this you should try to reduce your activities in favour of rest. Stress fractures are most commonly seen within the pars interarticularis, found within the vertebra. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, contact our team for professional advice and treatment.

Suffering from a Tennis related Injury? Get Back on the Court Sooner with Sports Physiotherapy

Tennis injuries can happen anytime, anywhere – no matter your age or skill level. The team of physiotherapists at Brunswick Heads Physio are skilled at treating all types of tennis injuries, and we can create a tailored treatment plan to have you back on the court sooner. We’ll teach you safe and effective exercises whilst also implementing strategies to reduce pain, inflammation and help you regain the full range of movement required for playing tennis.

Call us now on 0419 629 333, or contact us via our website. We look forward to assisting you soon.