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Hand Injuries

Q. I am a two-hand back hander and I am right handed. My left thumb has been hurting for a while now. Whenever I hit a backhand, it feels like the knuckle gets shocked on the left thumb. Do you recommend that I go see a chiropractor or what kind of doctor? Also, my knees have been hurting a lot when I play a lot. Should I ice my knees after playing tennis? Thank you.

A. I am sorry but the information you provide is too vague for me to give you any definitive answers. But you should definitely see a medical doctor called an orthopedist, who specializes in sports medicine. For your hand, you may even consult a hand doctor. Yes, icing your knees for 15 minutes after you play is a good idea until you find out exactly what causing the pain in your knees.

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