You Can Hurt Yourself Playing Raquetball

I needed a chiropractor in Campbell thanks to the time I really messed up my shoulder playing raquetball. If you’ve ever played or seen the game played, it’s pretty intense. Still, I have been playing for years and never had anything more serious than a muscle sprain even though I’d be bouncing off the walls and swinging the raquet like a madman. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but a recent match led to an injury that I thought might eventually require surgery to fix. Even worse, I suspected I might never be able to play again.

I was swinging for the ball and my raquet hit the wall at a weird angle and I felt my shoulder wrench at a weird angle. I actually dropped the raquet because my entire arm just went completely numb. Putting my jacket on to leave required a lot of effort, and I wasn’t any better driving home. My wife took one look at me holding my arm and immediately got worried. She wanted to take me to the emergency room, but I thought I needed a chiropractor. I suspected a bad sprain, but thought a pinched nerve seemed more likely. That’s what it felt like.

So we get to the chiropractor’s office a few days later and I’m going through the story and he agreed immediately that it was a pinched nerve due to my numb arm. He suggested several deep tissue massages as a way to free the nerve and thus reduce the pain. It sounded good to me, although he did say surgery wouldn’t be out of the question if the pain didn’t go away. Fortunately, I didn’t need surgery as the second massage did the trick. The relief was immediate. I’m happy to say I’m back on the court and being more careful about swinging the raquet!