Middle back muscle

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  1. MTXR

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    I been reading a bunch of threads, and it all says lower back pain. I never get lower back pain.

    I tweaked it on monday my middle back muscle its on my right side where the rib cage is under my shoulder blades but more to the side.

    Today i felt a bigger tweak.. I dunno if its a pull or not.

    But i recently switched to a PS6.0 85 from a TI radical oversize.

    This is about my 7th time playing since the switch.

    Now i have read people recommending icing it and rest, but is there anything else i can do to speed up the healing? cause i really want to get back into it.

    BTW my service motion is Sampras like, and i never had this problem before, i think i am getting old. But i do feel it when i am trying to turn and swing the racquet. Its hampering my ground strokes too..

    Today it hurt so bad that i started to lose my breath, but i still played thru it.


    Also some times i get side cramps, like right under the front of my ribcage.. Is that because i am out of shape? anything to stop that as well?

    It hurts to breath sometimes when that happens.
     
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  2. scotus

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    You should go see a doctor. It's difficult to tell the nature of your damage.

    On the one hand, it might be a simple muscle tear, but one the other, it could be an irritated diaphragm or a problem with your liver or one of the kidneys.

    If you know you are out of shape, then it is definitely a contributing factor, but most likely not the sole factor. So go see a doctor.
     
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  3. netman

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    Pain around and between the ribs could be an intercostal tear or strain. The intercostals are small muscles between the ribs. If it feels like a sharp pain between your ribs when you rotate or bend the upper trunk quickly, but goes away when you are back in a normal posture, odds are it is an intercostal injury. Tennis players get these all the time.

    Good news is rest will heal it. Bad news is you have to cease the activity/movement that irritates it until you can do the movement full speed with no pain. Otherwise it will never fully heal and will become a nagging problem. You can not "play through" an intercostal injury and expect it to heal.

    -k-
     
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  4. Rickson

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    Good advice, net. You need to rest the strained muscle and yes, you should apply ice because you'll get inflammation in the injured area and ice will bring the swelling down. The last time I had a sprained ankle, I applied ice and was walking normally in 2 days. When I was a teen and didn't know any better, ankle injuries would take me 2 weeks to heal because I didn't apply ice and I'd try to jump around because I wanted to play basketball so badly. Remember, stay away from tennis for a while, ice it down, and rest.
     
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  5. MTXR

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    Well, the muscles its seems like my diaphram or whatever is outta shape. It happens when i just run also after i haven't run for like ages. It can happen on either side of my body. But that since has gone away with better fitness.



    But my midback muscle keeps getting pulled and strain. It always happens when i have to serve for a long long time in a match. Yesterday it felt like i really tweaked it out. I had to retire from a match when i mishit a serve.
     
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  6. netman

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    MTXR, read my post again. Quit trying to rationalize the problem to something else. Intercostal strains are very common in tennis. It will not heal if you insist on continuing to play through the injury. You will keep making it worse. Put your racquet down and let it heal. It will take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to recover. It sounds like you have continued to stress it. If this is the case, you can count on it taking closer to 8 weeks or more. Give it a rest or you will create permanent scar tissue that will haunt you the rest of your life.

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    Sounds a little like a costotransverse or costovertebral sprain. If it is, you can try a little tennis-related home fix: take a flat or punctured tennis ball and put it on a carpeted floor; then, lie down on your back with the ball at the level of the pain and do a few quick impulses against the ball. Don't get too aggressive with this procedure, or you might risk bruising your rib (or worse). If it is too painful lying on it, you can try standing upright and situating the ball between you and the wall instead. If you don't live by the saying "maximum pain = maximum gain", then make sure the ball is VERY FLAT. Also, do what the others say and take a few days off of tennis - unless you are a total smeghead.
     
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  8. MTXR

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    I have decreased my tennis to every 3 days. Instead of playing every day.

    I been stretching a lot and i have been avoiding crazy rallies.
     
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  9. tennis4losers

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    [​IMG]Use the icy hot patch and you can be cool like SHAQ
     
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  10. Loco4Tennis

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    i think i am a little late for the party on this post, but since others might be having this issue, i tought i add my 2 cents on the subject,
    i think the op is talking about 2 different pains here
    1st he mentioned a pain on his rib area, which i had and hurts, i stopped playing for a week and its ok now, i have to strech everytime now before serving to avoid this,
    2nd i think he is also talking about a middle of the back pain, in between both shoulder blades on the back, which is far worst, i am going throught this now, with bengay cream and heat pads, worst of all its the fact that you dont know which movement i do is going to use does muscles and the sharp pain happens, even proping up from bed hurts, funny thing is i pulled this muscle after hitting 60 serves in practice on a windy cold day, i went to pick up the balls, and started, after a couple of serves from the filled basquet the pain started, stayed off it for 2 days, whent o play, hit a couple baseline shoots and i could almost fell tendons snap on my back, as you can guess, ive stopped playing and been complaining for the past 2 days since
    this could not have come on a worst time either, i just bought a tennis ball machine SAMSP-1, i figure i got 4 days unitl the balls machine gets delivered and thats about as long as i have until the next muscle pull, because you know i'll have to try it out as soon as it gets to my house :),,,,,, :-(
    **warning to all: now that winter is here strech after a short break otherwise you'll find out first hand what i am going through
     
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  11. stormholloway

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    I've struggled with issues related to those muscles, the rhomboids. My chest is understretched, and my shoulders tend to tilt forward. This makes my rhomboids overstreched. Under my shoulder blades it feels like I have twigs stuck in there.

    Your case sounds worse though. It's time to see a physician.
     
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  12. Loco4Tennis

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    what have you been doing to keep your back muscles in check??
    i use to take stretching for granted when i was younger, i am in my 30s now and i am pulling muscles i did not know i had
     
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  13. stormholloway

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    Now I don't overdo bench press. I make sure to do plenty of rows to send blood to those muscles and develop balance. Also, I bought one of those foam rollers, the cylindrical pieces. I lay that down my spine and open my arms out to stretch the chest. I can just lay on it for like half an hour while listening to music. It's quite relaxing.

    I still have problems with my shoulders slumping forward due to the tightness of my pecs. It also affects my tennis game. The shoulder joint should naturally be positioned down and back, not forward. Poor shoulder alignment can lead to rotator problems. Plus slumping shoulders are just unattractive.
     
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