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Treating Tennis Injuries and Tendinopathy: Advice From an Expert

By:  Lisa Chase, PT, OMPT

Tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and rotator cuff tendinopathy are common injuries that can plague a tennis player. The last thing an athlete wants to hear is, “You must rest and stop playing tennis.”  Soft tissue injuries can be painful, limiting conditions that are slow to heal, which is particularly challenging to a tennis player who wants to get back in the game.

Many athletes seek advice from primary care and sports medicine physicians when they have tendon pain and then are often offered anti-inflammatories, injections, and told to rest.  Typically, this common regimen only offers temporary relief and may not be the best method to heal a tendinopathy. Astym therapy targets the underlying cause of many soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to relieve symptoms.  It is unmatched in its ability to resolve tendinopathies, and often works even after other approaches fail.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TENDINOPATHY, TENDINITIS AND TENDINOSIS?

The word “tendinopathy” actually means “disease of a tendon,” and is a broader term for two conditions known as “tendinosis,” or degenerative tendinopathy, and “tendinitis,” or acute, inflammatory tendinopathy. Although “tendonitis” is used often, most cases of tendinopathy are not associated with significant inflammation and thus don’t respond well to anti-inflammatory medications.

WHAT CAUSES TENDINOPATHY?

Tendinopathy can be caused by overuse or improper loading of the muscle-tendon unit. It can also be caused by degeneration of soft tissues due to injury, age or other reasons. Repetitive strain on a tendon may cause tiny tears that accumulate over time. These tears may result in pain and can eventually change the structure of the tendon resulting in acute inflammation and/or degeneration that can lead to pain, tissue adhesions, movement impairment and eventually loss of function.

HOW PHYSICAL THERAPISTS HELP HEAL TENDINOPATHY

ADDRESS THE CAUSE

  • Astym therapy addresses the underlying cause of tendinopathy and other soft tissue problems by engaging the body to regenerate healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminating unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.
  • Correct poor footwear
  • Assess or change equipment, for example choosing a racquet with a larger sweet spot will help reduce load on the arm.
  • Correct stroke mechanics, for example bending knees at least 10 degrees during the service motion will lessen the load on the shoulders and elbows.
  • Identify proper training loads and recovery to avoid overuse injuries.
  • Incorporate proper warm-up or cool-down for tennis.
  • Develop a balanced training program for tennis to include stretching, strengthening, speed, core stability, agility, balance and coordination.

WHY ASTYM THERAPY IS SO SUCCESSFUL

Astym therapy, evidenced to engage the regenerative mechanisms of the body and promote the healing of soft tissues, has repeatedly been shown safe and effective in controlled clinical trials, clinical study, and large population outcomes data.  A new approach to soft tissue treatment, Astym therapy resulted from a large, groundbreaking research endeavor supported by major hospitals and universities.  It is used in settings ranging from therapy clinics to hospitals to industrial rehabilitation to elite/professional athletics, and has been proven to be more effective than other available treatments.

Astym-certification is advanced training and not everyone is qualified to perform this higher level of care.  In order to become Astym-certified, a clinician must undergo intensive training and testing.  Doctors often prescribe Astym therapy for their patients because it is safe, high quality care that has been proven to be effective.  To find or confirm a clinician is certified in Astym therapy, visit the Find a Provider section of the Astym therapy website.

Lisa Chase

Lisa Chase, PT, OMPT, Astym Cert is an internationally recognized physical therapist, educator, lecturer and published author with specialty in rehabilitation and wellness. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991, a postgraduate certification in advanced orthopedic manual therapy in 1995. She is Polestar Pilates trained, Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, Certified MELT Instructor as well as Astym Certified.  She currently runs her own practice Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy, Inc. where she provides expertise in integrative physical therapy with particular interest in comprehensive and holistic manual physical therapy treatments and prevention of spine, sports and orthopedic injuries.

Lisa has worked one-on-one with world-class athletes, coaches, medical and fitness specialists around the world to help prevent injuries, decrease recovery time and optimize performance. She has brought her expertise to WTA Tour (Professional Women’s Tennis Association), ATP Tour (Professional Men’s Tennis Association) AVP U.S. Pro Beach Volleyball, LPGA, Major League Baseball, the English Premier Soccer League and covered the 2004 Olympics in Athens Greece.

Lisa lectures nationally and has been an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Michigan State University, in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, since 1998 and Assistant Instructor for SFMA and FMS Systems since 2010. She is a published author of several books on aquatic rehabilitation and published coauthor in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Lisa is also the founder and co-owner Rehab Links, a unique exercise software for medical, health and fitness professionals.

 

 

Tendonosis of the elbow: Astym therapy gave me results when nothing else would work!

After two months of trying to heal my extremely painful elbows on my own, i was diagnosised by my physician with tendonosis. I had stopped working out with a personal trainer. I also stopped my yoga practice that my husband and I had been doing regularly for many months. The doctor said it was a very lengthy healing process, because tendons have little blood flow, which is what is needed to heal. I tried several different things to heal my degenerating elbows including self physical therapy excerises, taping, bracing, acupunture and injections. None of those gave me the results i received with Astym therapy. I am still healing, but I am anxiously excited with my results. My left elbow is mostly healed and my right is getting there. I truly apprecitate Heidi, my therapist. She encourages continuing the treatment and it is working. Thank you.

Machelle Timmermans
Treating Clinic: Heidi Carstensen, DPT, SERC of Liberty
1512 NE 96th Street, Suite A
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816-792-0775  Website:  www.serctherapy.com

Tennis Elbow – amazing results from Astym therapy

After 12 years in the military my left elbow had enough, The pain was so bad i couldnt even pick up a coffee mug. I was extremely skeptical Astym treatment would be effective but gave it a try. Here i am 3 weeks into treatment and its amazing how much better i feel.

James Miller
Treating Clinic: SERC of Warrensburg
540 East Young Suite E
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-262-4795  Website www.serctherapy.com

Tennis Elbow Bringing Me Down – Astym therapy was what I needed

The pain in my elbow was not getting any better. Actually, I was beginning to experience limited use of my whole arm. Opening door knobs, cooking, drying my hair and writing were beginning to be affected because the inflammation caused by my tennis elbow was so bad. After the Astym therapy I began to regain use of my arm. Then we were able to discover exactly what was causing my problem, which was the way I slept on my arm. Astym therapy was exactly what was needed.

Andrea Greene
Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Physical Therapy & Rehab 620 Summit Crossing Place Suite 305 Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: 704-833-3103 Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Astym therapy got me back in the swing of things

I was suffering from tennis elbow. It was limiting my day to day activities as well as decreasing my strength in my grip. This went on for about 4 months before seeking help from my physical therapist Julian Manrique at Focus Physical Therapy in Rancho Santa Margarita California. He recommended Astym treatment. I was so happy that within the first 3 treatments I began to feel pain free and started getting the strength back in my arm and hand.
I was able to lift heavy objects and go back to playing recreational tennis. I can’t begin to express how much happier I am day to day being pain free. I am a true believer in Astym treatment and have recommended it to family and friends.

Sandra Katafias, recreational athlete, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Clinic:  Focus Physical Therapy, Website:  www.focuspt.net