How Performance Physical Therapy Can Help Tennis Players’ Hip Pain

How Performance Physical Therapy Can Help Tennis Players’ Hip Pain

Are you noticing soreness or pain in your groin every time you play tennis? Do you notice your knee seems to be more sore ever since you tweaked your hip? Our physical therapists at Alkeme Sports RX understand how significant a healthy hip is for your enjoyment of tennis!

Tennis has been associated with increased injury risk due to poor mobility and lack of strength in the hips. Although tennis injuries are often associated with sudden events like a sudden stop or forceful pivot, the underlying issues have been brewing for a while. Restrictions in mobility and weaknesses in the hip/pelvis muscles may be the key to injury prevention and improved overall performance.

At Alkeme Sports RX, we know how important it is to understand the interconnection of each joint in the body, especially with complex, highly coordinated movements needed in a tennis match. Our team will take a holistic approach and assess your hip mobility and strength and specific movement patterns to identify any possible link to your pain/injury.

Request an appointment today, so we can help you resolve any injury, old and new, and get you back to playing pain-free!

What are the Most Common Types of Hip Injuries in Tennis?

Hip dysfunction is a common issue affecting tennis. Most of the time, pain or injury results from repeatedly pivoting and twisting the hip joint and surrounding muscles. Limitations in the hip range of motion have also been associated with pain and injury in the knee, ankle, and spine.

Understanding the interconnectedness of our body is crucial to a successful diagnosis and, more importantly, a successful treatment for pain and injury. Often the location of symptoms is not the location of the source of the problem. Research has shown that restrictions in motion at the hip increase the risk of knee injury (i.e., meniscus and ACL injuries).

Identifying whether or not the pain is the actual site of an injury requires an assessment by a skilled physical therapist. Our team can identify the underlying issues causing your pain and limitations.

The most common causes of hip pain in a tennis player include:

Muscle strains: Due to tennis’ repetitive twisting and pivoting, the muscles are susceptible to acute and overuse-type injuries. Trying to hit the ball harder can lead to muscle strain, especially when fatigue has set in at the end of a match.

Hip impingement: Also known as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), occurs when the femoral head (ball) pinches up against the acetabulum (the rim of the socket). FAI may lead to damage to the labrum. Often FAI causes hip mobility deficits and pain.

Hip labral tears: The labrum is a ring of cartilage that helps the femoral head (ball) move smoothly within the socket. A labral tear is an injury to this tissue (cartilage) that leads to pain, and reduced range of motion, and may cause the sensation of the hip locking up.

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative type of arthritis where the cartilage in the hip joint gradually wears away. As the cartilage wears away, the joint space decreases, resulting in pain and loss of motion.

There is also some evidence that, in addition to the lack of motion affecting the hip and surrounding areas, weakness in the hip and pelvis muscles may increase the risk of other injuries. Chronic ankle sprains are linked to hip weakness (i.e., hip abduction weakness). It is also common for players to compensate by using the spinal muscles to make up for hip muscle weakness.

Our physical therapists at Alkeme Sports RX can help regardless of the injury. We will conduct a thorough evaluation to identify all the possible factors contributing to your pain and injury. We will design a program tailored to your specific needs so you can get back on the courts and play with confidence!

How Physical Therapy can Help your Hip Pain

At Alkeme Sports RX, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their peak physical performance, whether they are avid tennis players or recreational golfers. As part of our comprehensive approach to injury prevention and rehabilitation, our highly trained physical therapists will conduct a tennis-specific movement screen to identify any limitations that may be contributing to your pain or injury, as well as impacting your golfing performance.

In addition, we will conduct a thorough history to learn more about past injuries and your overall health status.

We will use these findings to develop interventions that resolve your pain and/or injury and reduce the risk of potential injuries in the future. Our initial focus will primarily be on alleviating pain to ensure you move and feel your best. We incorporate manual techniques and targeted mobility work to resolve your restrictions.

Our programs will incorporate tennis-specific strength training to address your limitations. Our focus will shift to dynamic movement patterns to address balance and coordination deficits as your strength improves. Our programs will include education about the exercises to ensure you understand the importance and benefits of continuing to work on your therapeutic program even after you return to the courts.

Request an Appointment With One of Our Specialists Today!

The hip joint is a crucial component in the game of tennis, as it is involved in all aspects of the sport. From serving and hitting to running and changing directions, the hip joint is constantly being used and put under pressure during a match. As a result, it is not uncommon for tennis players to experience pain or injury in this area.

Thankfully, physical therapists are highly skilled in treating movement-related issues and have a track record of success in helping tennis players overcome pain and injury. Through a thorough evaluation, a physical therapist can identify any limitations or weaknesses in your hip joint and surrounding muscles. This may include issues with flexibility, strength, or stability.

We can help identify any limitations or weaknesses you may have and give you the tools to resolve them!

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