As an avid tennis player, I am well acquainted with the sight of players around me sustaining injuries during training sessions and tournaments. Most of my tennis partners are above the age of 65, reaching retirement age, and view tennis more as a hobby. However, recently, I too experienced a shoulder injury that significantly impacted my game. The pain was so intense that I had to abruptly halt my play as my tennis racquet slipped out of my grip. Initially, I attempted to manage the injury with minor treatments like heat packs and increased rest. Regrettably, my shoulder condition deteriorated instead of improving, prompting me to take decisive action.
Last week, I scheduled an appointment with a shoulder injury specialist. Given the numerous options, I chose the best shoulder injury specialist Melbourne had near my location to minimise the risk of exacerbating my injury during the commute. Upon arriving at the office, I was warmly greeted by the receptionist and directed to a waiting room until I was called into another room to meet the specialist. During our consultation, we discussed my symptoms, which included persistent pain in my upper arm, frequent biceps cramping, and discomfort when rotating my shoulder. The specialist empathised with my frustration at being unable to participate in my favourite hobby, tennis. After conducting various tests, she determined that I had likely injured my biceps by exerting excessive force while swinging the racquet. She also informed me that a procedure called biceps tenodesis would probably be necessary. By manipulating my arm through several practice movements, she gauged the severity of the tear, raising her eyebrow in response, indicating that the injury was quite significant.
Following the surgery, I will need several weeks to recover and will be required to wear a sling. I eagerly anticipate the day when I can return to the tennis court and resume playing the sport I love.