"How Active Adults and Athletes Can Get Out of Pain and Back to Doing What They Love"
If you’ve recently suffered a tennis injury or a pickleball injury - or if you’ve been suffering with an injury for a while - it's tempting to pass it off as “nothing serious”. Put simply, you are prepared to “put up with it.”
Your favourite activities and day-to-day lifestyle can feel like a chapter that's closing. It's difficult not to become disheartened and end up feeling "stuck". The questions spin around your mind, trying to comprehend if you'll ever find a way back to your favorite activities.
Can you get back to feeling strong while suffering a tennis injury?
Can you return to the social lifestyle you enjoyed with family and friends when stuck with a pickleball injury?
It can be tempting after a while to think of yourself as a former athlete, dancer, etc.
If that’s happening to you, then don't panic. You’re not alone - we see people going through this range of emotions after an injury all the time.
Rather than stressing yourself over tennis or pickleball injuries, I'm going to ask you to consider something.
When the healthiest and strongest athletes across the globe strain themselves and suffer an injury, do they wait and prolong their way back to health? Of course they don't. They start their treatment and recovery the very next day.
Because they know that every extra day you aren’t active is another day you are losing wellness and strength. After all, the more strength you lose, the harder it is to recover from an injury - including injuries from tennis and pickleball.
Seeking immediate help seems to be the opposite to most people's response when getting an athletic injury. It's why so many people who suffer a sports injury are asking themselves:
“It’s Been Months Now - So Why Am I Still Suffering With an Injury That’s Stopping Me From Being Active and Playing My Favorite Sport?”
Most people think that when they get an injury from tennis or pickleball it’ll get better with a few days rest, and that they’ll be able to return to their sport or exercise again without assistance or action.
However, when they go back to play tennis and pickleball again as a form of exercise, they’re still restricted. Sometimes it’s even worse than it was when it first came on.
Resting may bring relief from pain for a little while, but as soon as you start up again, the pain is back. No matter how much rest you take, the pain doesn't go away. The situation won't improve.
Just resting does nothing to get to the why behind your tennis injury or pickleball injury. For example, the pain in your neck could actually be connected to weakness in your back. Resting your neck therefore won't solve the problem.
Perhaps that pickleball injury or sprain from playing tennis is really due to an underlying stability and muscle imbalance that needs to be addressed.
Does That Sound Like You?
Here's one scenario that we see all the time in our Knoxville clinic:
Someone has gone to their doctor and their (well-meaning) MD has told them to take a break, rest, and wear a support, alongside a prescription of painkillers to "see how it goes".
However, after four weeks, they end up going back to the same doctor again because the injury hasn't healed and the pain hasn't gotten any better. This lands in instructions for MORE rest and even stronger painkillers.
The problem is that when it comes to sports injuries from tennis and pickleball, complete rest is rarely the best advice. And painkillers only mask the problem.
All of this conflicting information can leave you confused and frustrated. Being told different things, by different people, can cause mayhem. Maybe you think you have a back problem, but it’s actually the hip where the problem came from?
Sports injuries from tennis and pickleball can be very confusing because, more often than not, where the pain is coming from isn’t actually the area that needs to be fixed and worked on. If you rest for too long, other parts of the body become just as, if not more, problematic!
This confusion over “resting” often leads people to continue to procrastinate and put off making a decision about what to do. This doesn't help fix their injury or assist in their return back to exercise.
Despite what some people think, rest is never the answer to solve any sports or muscle injury. In all my years as a physical therapist working with athletes, I haven’t witnessed any injury in any sport that is helped by prolonged rest.
Worse, many people just end up accepting ‘their days of being active are over’ - as if it’s normal, as if it ‘has’ to be that way.
They unintentionally choose an unnecessary limitation because they don’t believe they can get better, when more often than not, they can!
Is That How You Feel Too?
Why does pain from sporting injuries last longer than it should? It's easy to get confused because you've been told so many different things by different people posing as medical experts.
There are lots of people out there who are happy to give you advice, but not all of the things you hear are reliable. Especially when it comes to tennis injury and pickleball injury.
Your pain might have been caused by something like an awkward angle around the knee when you squat or lift, but it could have been caused by other things that were never properly taken care of (poor posture, alignment issues, weakness and muscle imbalance).
These things - along with that time you lifted or squatted awkwardly - eventually caused that pain you're now experiencing.
If you don't know what you're doing, or you have received poor advice, sporting pain can be very confusing. Because of that fact, many people end up accepting that pain is just part of their life.
Do You Feel That Way Too?
If You’re Currently Frustrated And Living With A Tennis Injury Or Pickleball Injury, Here’s 7 More Reasons Why It Could Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:
If any of these have happened to you - we would love to help you by inviting you to book a call to talk with one of our physical therapists at our West Knoxville clinic! We can then find out what can be done to help you.
The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things already is actually a GOOD THING!
Why? Well, because when you know what doesn’t work - you are closer to finding the thing that does!
Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you over the phone. The phone call is complimentary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over.
Our Goal is to Help You Make the Right Decision About What to do Next for the Best...
Here's 4 things you can do:
If you would like to see how our team can help you return to being active as quickly and safely as possible - we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk free appointment:
Note: At your Discovery Session you’ll meet 1-on-1 with one of an expert Physical Therapist. We’ll assess and help you understand the root cause of your pain. If we’re a good fit, we’ll discuss the best next steps. If we’re not, we’ll do everything we can to direct you towards a solution.
So the next question is:
“How Can Simply Physio Help You Get Rid Of Your Tennis Injury And Pickleball Injury For Good?”
Here’s just a few of the things our Specialist Physical Therapy team can do for you:
Basically… the Simply Physio team can help you get back to living life free from daily, annoying and frustrating Sports Injuries, and return to the exercise you love.
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“What Some of our Sports Injury Patients Have to Say...”
Find out how people just like you, came to Simply Physio - and left happier and much healthier!
In Her 60,s, Knoxville
(tennis and pickleball)
“I was playing pickleball 5 days a week and my ankle got so tight I couldn't walk after playing and had a lot of pain. Now I'm back on the pickleball court and that was my main goal because that is my fun. Pickleball is social, it's good exercise, and that is where my friends are. When I couldn't do it, it was terrible for me. Now my attitude is so much better because Simply Physio got me back on the court. I tell everyone to give them a try because it worked for me and their my friends”
In Her 40’s, Knoxville
“After a few months of physical therapy, I now feel more confident to get back into running, increasing my mileage from zero back to 20-25 miles a week and I know what to do to help ease the pain when it starts coming on. I know the physical therapy exercises to do on my own.”
In His 50's, Farragut
I wasn’t exactly sure [I needed a] physical therapist - what's exactly going to happen? Is that just something I can look online and do? . . . When I got in here, it's just amazing - because I don't have the expertise and they have it Simply Physio. Years of education and experience that just the little things, what helped for me to do these different exercises and so forth. They helped me get better to where I could actually run. Before I couldn't even run two miles. Then it got to the point where I ran the marathon.