Common Tennis Injuries
Knee Pain In Tennis Players
Knee pain from playing tennis
Do you get knee pain after tennis?
This is more likely if you play tennis regularly. There is a tremendous amount of stress to the knee during tennis, especially if you are running to the net to save that drop shot or sliding sideways to return a ball. The anterior knee pain you are experiencing could be due to patella-femoral pain or inflammation around the patella tendon.
It is not uncommon to experience anterior knee pain with regular tennis matches. The spiting, sliding and acceleration associated with tennis causes high stress levels between the patella bone and femur bone (patella-femoral pain syndrome) as well as inflammation of the patella tendon with its associated bursa.
Pain and swelling around the knee may also be associated with clicking and clunking.
Patella-femoral pain and inflammation of the patella tendon are common causes of knee pain after tennis. There has been no history of falls or trauma associated with this pain.
What can happen if it is left untreated?
Neglected knee pain may deteriorate into severe pain, limping and loss of function. This may lead to players quitting tennis altogether as the pain gets too severe.
Your orthopaedic surgeon will assess your knee for the exact location of the pain, instability, and strength.
Most players get better with adequate rest, anti-inflammatory medication and ice. A small number of them will require taping of the knee or a knee guard to help with compression and stabilisation of the patella during the game itself.
What to do now while waiting for diagnosis/treatment?
Self-care with adequate rest, icing and anti-inflammatory medication are important measures to take while waiting for professional assessment for your knee pain.