MedStar Sports Medicine is the Official Medical Team of the Citi Open Tennis Tournament and its owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). Our sports medicine physicians and physiotherapists will be attending to the health and well-being of the players during the tournament at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in the nation's capital.
"We are pleased to be a partner in this tournament and to be supporting the WTEF in teaching tennis to aspiring competitors across the District," said Wiemi Douoguih, MD, regional director for MedStar Sports Medicine and medical director for the tournament. "MedStar Sports Medicine exists to ensure that athletes get the expert care they need so they can get back in the game."
In addition to providing elite medical care for the athletes, we’re here for you too. MedStar will be interacting with spectators and fans throughout the event. Look for our tent during the tournament.
At MedStar Sports Medicine, we offer a vast network of outpatient rehabilitation facilities, physicians and sports medicine professionals throughout the Baltimore and Washington D.C. region. We value each of our patients, and we strive to create a personalized treatment plan that will get you back to your sport or activity as soon as possible.
Meet the Citi Open Physicians
Treatment Options for Common Tennis Injuries
Our specialists have experience diagnosing and treating nearly every type of sports medicine injury and condition, from the most common to those that are incredibly rare. Since no two patients have the same needs, our physicians take the time to design an individualized treatment plan for your specific case. Tennis-related injuries our specialists treat include, but are not limited to the following:
Tennis Elbow and Tendonitis
It is easy to injure the tendons in the arms and hands, since we use them so often. Tendinitis is an inflammation of a tendon that causes pain near a joint. Tennis elbow is the common term for one of the most common types of tendinitis. It's an overuse injury caused by repeated movements of the wrist or arm.
Pain typically occurs on the outside of the elbow and may radiate into your forearm and wrist. Your elbow may be stiff, swollen and tender. As the name suggests, tennis players, as well as golfers and other athletes, often suffer from this type of tendinitis. Although tendinitis and tennis elbow can be painful, the good news is that it rarely becomes chronic if caught early and treated properly. Treatment often involves a team of experts including primary care doctors, physical therapists, and in some cases surgeons. For pain relief, treatment options include rest, ice, therapy, and cortisone injections.
Foot and Ankle Conditions
Injuries to your feet and ankles are quite common and can even result from overuse. The good news is that they’re usually not serious so, in most cases, foot and ankle injuries don’t require immediate medical attention. In fact, many injuries can simply be treated with rest, ice, splinting, and over-the-counter medications. But, if you still have symptoms after two days of self treatment, or if your pain gets worse, you should see a doctor.
On rare occasions, foot and ankle injuries can become more serious. For example, if you have a wound on your foot or ankle that does not heal or becomes infected, you should see a doctor immediately.
The knee is a complex joint made up of many parts and is therefore injured easily and frequently. In most instances, knee injuries don’t require immediate medical attention. Many injuries can even be treated with rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medications. However, if you still have symptoms after two days of self-treatment or if your pain gets worse, you should see a doctor.
On rare occasions, knee injuries can be more serious. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately:
- Tingling or numbness in your toes
- Unstable joint
- Cold or clammy skin
- Weakened pulse in the ankle area