Repetitive use injuries to the upper limb (wrist, elbow and shoulder) are common in tennis, and while they are less acute than lower limb injuries, they can re-occur and take longer to heal. For the average tennis player, bursitis and tendinitis in the elbow (tennis elbow) is the most common condition causing pain and swelling and preventing them from playing the game. However, in athletes over 60, shoulder pain related to rotator cuff issues keeps many more from hitting the courts.
As patients begin researching their diagnosis and treatment options, they will learn about the “anterior” and “posterior” approach to hip replacement. With the more traditional posterior approach, an incision is made along the side of the hip while with the anterior approach; the hip is accessed through an incision in front of the hip. While the posterior approach remains the “workhorse” of hip replacement surgery, the anterior approach (also known as anterior total hip arthroplasty) has gained popularity over the past few years for several reasons.