Back pain after tennis
September 10, 2007 10:42 AM Subscribe
I hurt my lower back playing tennis. Help!
posted by corpse to health & fitness (14 answers total)
So yesterday I was playing tennis, the second time in the last couple of weeks after a long layoff. I was at the end of my warm ups and ran up to try to scoop up a short shot. During this maneuver I awkwardly twisted my torso and immediately felt pain in my lower back. The pain is really low on my back and includes the top of my posterior. I took 5 minutes and felt that I could continue on playing for the next couple of hours.
I've had back issues before, but never in this specific spot. I went home and popped some Advil and iced it for several hours. Today it just aches and especially hurts when I bend over or squat down.
I have a match tomorrow. I'm sure I could play with this pain, but could it cause more damage? Should I go to the doctor with this? More importantly, how can I prevent this in the future? What exercises and stretches should I be doing? I'm 27 years old and have hurt my back probably 4 different times over the last 4 years. I'm moderately active, running and a whole lot of walking being my other activities.