Swinging a tennis racket over and over may be good exercise, but it puts a lot of strain on the elbow and shoulder, and can cause some painful repetitive-motion injuries. The most common injury is tennis elbow, which is an inflammation of the muscles and tendons of the forearm where they attach to the humerus (upper arm) bone. The backhand stroke is usually the culprit. The pain manifests itself in the outer elbow, and often gets worse unless it is treated. Tennis elbow can make everyday activities that involve using the arm painful.
Repetitive-motion tennis injuries, often caused by the overhead stroke, can also affect the shoulder. Labral injuries, impingements and rotator-cuff tendonitis are problems for some tennis players.
Not every tennis injury, however, is caused by overuse of muscles and tendons. A traumatic injury, such as a torn rotator cuff or a separated shoulder, is also a hazard of the game.
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- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Labral and SLAP injuries
- Bankart lesion
- Rotator-cuff tear
- Rotator-cuff tendonitis
- Shoulder separation