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Tennis Medicine

Tennis is a sport that can be played for a lifetime, and the players span all age groups. We recognize a need for junior tournament players as well as adults to stay on the court even through some injuries. Dedicated tennis players, regardless of age or level, don’t want to stop playing. Even those in their 40s or older are likely to be very distressed to find something that would keep them from playing for years to come. 

The tennis medicine program at Loyola University Health System provides specific care for a range of tennis-related injuries. Our experienced staff looks to find the root cause of every injury, whether it is mechanics, volume of play, injury diagnosis, equipment, inflexibility, or strength deficits. 

Among junior players, injuries become more likely during growth periods, and during intense periods of play − including heavy training, tournaments and other high-level competitions. For older players, there are clear indications that the risk of injury increases with age. The older you are, the more likely you are to develop rotator cuff injuries, lateral elbow problems (tennis elbow) or meniscus injuries. Biomechanics and technique play a large role in many tennis-related injuries

Our biggest goals are to treat and prevent injuries for both groups.

Unique expertise

Our tennis program is unique to Chicago, and the only one of its kind in the Midwest. We’re dedicated to treating tennis players in a way that is specific to the game. Our director, a USPTA certified instructor, has extensive experience as a physician, researcher and player, and is an expert at caring for the highest level players.

Our staff is involved in many kinds of outreach, including volunteer work with the Association of Tennis Professionals, relationships with tennis clubs, serving with the NCAA Indoor Tennis Championships and the IHSA state tennis tournaments. A member of our staff serves as a team physician for Loyola University and is chairman of the education committee of the International Society for Tennis and Medicine Science (STMS). 

We care for junior tournament players as well as adult and recreational players. The components of our program include:

  • Tennis-specific evaluation by a tennis medicine doctor
  • Tennis Injury Prevention and Performance Program
  • Rehabilitation with tennis-specific physical therapist, and selective on-court evaluation or even video analysis.
  • Communication with any teaching professional or coach.
  • Interventional or surgical procedures as a last resort.
  • Injury prevention and conditioning programs. 

What we treat

We commonly treat the following injuries:

General Medical

  • Cramping
  • Dehydration
  • Breathing problems
  • Cardiovascular screening 

Junior/adolescent injuries 

  • Spine stress fracture
  • Growth plate injuries
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease

Shoulder

  • Rotator cuff
  • Instability
  • Labral tears
  • Biceps tendon

Elbow

  • Tennis elbow
  • Chronic tendinopathy
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Ulnar collateral ligament

Spine (back/neck)

  • Stress fractures
  • Lumbar disc
  • Cervical disc
  • Sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • Back pain

Muscle injuries or cramping

  • Hamstring
  • Calf
  • Quadriceps
  • Groin

Hip/groin

  • Groin strains
  • Hip labral tears
  • Osteitis pubis
  • Sports hernia
  • Arthritis

Knee

  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cartilage or osteochondral injuries
  • Patellar tendon, Osgood-Schlatter
  • Meniscus

Leg

  • Calf strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Shin splints
  • Exertional leg pain

Foot/ankle

  • Achilles tendon
  • Chronic tendon problems
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Ankle sprain

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