Tennis players will be taking over the lowcountry in the next few weeks as the Family Circle Cup tournament begins on Daniel Island. For many tennis players, playing the game pain free is a luxury. Carol Wilson, a 4.0 league player with the Legend Oaks team explains, “I played with tennis elbow for years. I wore the sleeves, the tape, anything I thought would help. I did not want to give up the game.” Finally the pain associated with tennis elbow forced Wilson to put the racket down. She first tried physical therapy without any results. She then turned to Dr. Bright McConnell of Charleston Sports Medicine. She states, “I knew his reputation and I knew he would help me get back on the court.”
After examining Carol, Dr. McConnell felt like she was a perfect candidate for the FAST procedure. He states, “The FAST procedure, or fasciotomy and surgical tenomoty, is a minimally invasive procedure that requires a small incision and minimal downtime post procedure. This procedure has proven to be quite effective for those suffering from tennis elbow.”
Wilson had the FAST procedure performed in December, and has already been back on the court hitting tennis balls. While she is three months out from the procedure, assessment of patients for FAST continues six months beyond the date of surgery. Wilson recommends FAST to any tennis player playing through the pain. She states, “The hardest thing is to put the racket down. I thought I could play through the pain. I now play pain free, it is like a new beginning.”
Dr. McConnell with Charleston Sports Medicine is the only orthopedic surgeon locally that performs the FAST procedure. For more information, log onto www.charlestonsportsmed.com.