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I play tennis and recently my right shoulder has started hurting

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I play tennis and recently my right shoulder has started hurting when I move it a certain way. It seems to be the top muscle, maybe bicep that goes up to the shoulder, that is affected. I have a one handed backhand which may be contributing, as those are the positions that present more pain. I have taken 2 weeks off and that seems to have helped, although it is not completely gone yet. What would this condition be called and what excersies, if any, can I do to prevent this from happening?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 years ago.

Following may be the possibilites;

1) Bicipital tendinitis

2) Rotator cuff disease


Majority of people with above problems will respond to physical therapy alone. A supervised regime is necessary as the exercises are tailored according to an individual. The regimen consists of active and active-assistive range-of-motion exercises combined with stretching. Other treatment modalities such as heat and massage may help. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics may also be beneficial. Deep electrotherapy in the form of short wave diathermy, Interferential current, trans cutaneous electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, phonophoresis also are very beneficial.


Following investigations may be required, if above do not give adequate relief;


1) X-ray of the shoulder

2) MRI of the neck and shoulder

You can consult following specialists;


a) Orthopedist

b) MD in Physical medicine and rehabilitation


Please feel free for your follow up questions.


Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Are there specific exercises I could look up on the internet and try myself first?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 years ago.
Yes, you may try them:

Do only those exercises which are not causing pain. Gradually add others. Initial repetitions should be five times in a session which can very gradually increased up to ten.

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