Tennis Medicine Conditions

If you’re passionate about tennis, visit us to recover from a tennis injury. We’re not just sports medicine doctors. We’re tennis medicine experts who love the game. We can help junior tournament players, elite college players and professionals. If you’re a recreational player who can't image a life without tennis — we can help you, too.

Get to the root of your tennis injury

Let us help you find and treat the root cause of tennis injuries. It could be a new injury —or a nagging problem that prevents play. Either way, we look at you as a whole player — beyond the injured body part — to help you get back in the game and stay strong.

Key components of our tennis injury program

At Emory Tennis Medicine Program, your care starts with a tennis-specific evaluation by a tennis medicine doctor. This covers your level, playing history, technique changes, as well as a tennis-specific musculoskeletal evaluation. This will be followed by medical and tennis treatment programs, which may include:

  • Rehabilitation with a tennis-specific physical therapist
  • Selective on-court tennis evaluations, possibly including video analysis
  • Communication with any teaching professional or coach
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasounds in real time to identify pathology (when needed)
  • Innovative ultrasound-guided injections or advanced surgical procedures as a last resort
  • A large network of experts in tennis-specific performance, rehabilitation, nutrition, and psychology
  • Tennis Injury Prevention and Performance Program

Tennis conditioning and training

Our goals are to help you heal and prevent future injury. That’s why we offer personalized tennis-specific conditioning and training. It’s aimed at improving your stroke efficiency and reducing your injury risk. During these evaluations and trainings, we don’t discuss injury or pain- related symptoms. You’ll need an office visit for that, so we’ll have time to focus on your symptoms. Please email tennismedicine@emoryhealthcare.org for details.

Community tennis talks

We talk to local tennis clubs, facilities and tennis academies about tennis medicine and the medical aspects of healthy participation. Healthy tennis players of any age or level can learn:

  • How to prevent injuries
  • Health strategies for heat, nutrition and other on-court issues

Common tennis conditions

We treat many tennis-related problems and injuries, from dehydration to repairing the hand's most delicate structures. See below for more details.

General tennis injuries

  • Cramping
  • Dehydration
  • Breathing problems
  • Cardiovascular screening

Junior/adolescent pain

  • Low back stress fractures — Junior tennis athletes should not ignore low back pain. About 40% of symptoms may be due to a low back stress injury and should be evaluated right away. Early lesions may have good outcomes, but later stage injuries may have poor healing potential.
  • Growth plate injuries
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease

Shoulder problems

  • Rotator cuff — The most common shoulder issues in adult or junior tennis players involve the rotator cuff. This can almost always be treated conservatively with rehabilitation. On-court modifications may help when treated early. Junior players should also have their training evaluated. They can usually recover without injections or surgery.
  • Instability
  • Labral tears
  • Biceps tendon

Elbow injuries

  • Tennis elbow — Half of adult tennis players will get tennis elbow, but the need for surgery is rare when cared for properly. It is typically a chronic tendon degenerative problem (gets worse over time). Tennis elbow should not be treated with isolated steroid injections; there are newer methods to improve tendon healing. You may need advice about how to change your stroke mechanics.
  • Chronic tendinopathy
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Ulnar collateral ligament
  • Treatment with PRP Therapy (platelet-rich plasma)

Hand and wrist injuries

  • Ulnar wrist pain — Aggressive wrist motion in your dominant wrist on the forehand swing and the non-dominant wrist on your backhand causes most ulnar wrist pain (wrist pain on the side of the pinkie). This may be simple tendonitis, or it may involve a more serious cartilage injury. The right treatment and possible stroke alterations may help these conditions if identified early.
  • Wrist tendonitis 
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Ulnar collateral ligament

Spine (back and neck) problems

  • Spondylolysis (low back stress fractures) — Junior tennis athletes should not ignore low back pain. As many as 40% of symptoms may be due to a low back stress injury. See a doctor right away. Early lesions may have good outcomes, but later stage injuries may have not heal as well.
  • Lumbar disc
  • Cervical disc
  • Sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • Back pain

Muscle cramps and injuries

  • Groin
  • Hamstring
  • Quadriceps
  • Calf

Hip and groin injuries

  • Hip pain — Hip pain may be related to aggressive forehand swings. Sources of pain may include the joint, or the muscles supporting the joint. Joint-related issues may be complex, so be sure to get a proper evaluation.
  • Groin strains
  • Hip labral tears
  • Osteitis pubis
  • Sports hernia
  • Arthritis

Knee injuries

Leg injuries

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

Foot and ankle problems

Don't be sidelined by a tennis injury

For more information or to make an appoinment, please call 404-778-1831

How Can We Help You Today?

Need help? We will be delighted to assist you today, so please call us at 404-778-7777. We look forward to hearing from you.