Maria Sharapova withdrawing from 2013 US Open

Sharapova Withdraws from 2013 US Open

Well, after Masha fired her short-term coach, Jimmy Connors, Maria Sharapova withdrawing from 2013 US Open that starts next week.

Why is Maria Sharapova withdrawing from 2013 US Open?

Sharapova has been no stranger to having injuries, especially in the shoulder area. In 2008 an MRI showed that Maria had a rotator cuff tear which needed immediate attention and required surgery, and of course lots of rest and rehabilitation. We all remember that Sharapova had an extremely difficult time coming back to the WTA Tour after her surgery, the double faults were abundant and the frustration was right up there.

She’s had quite a road back to the top, only for all that hard word to be crushed by her current status. Sharapova is citing that she is suffering from Bursitis in the right shoulder (same shoulder that had surgery). The paid is severe enough to force her to pull out of the final major of the year, and a place that she has very fond memories (2006 Champion).

What is Bursitis in the shoulder?

According to WEBmd, “Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa. The bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons, and skin, that decreases rubbing, friction, and irritation.” Bursitis sounds painful, “The most common symptom of bursitis is pain. The pain may build up gradually or be sudden and severe, especially if calcium deposits are present. Severe loss of motion in the shoulder — called “adhesive capsulitis” or frozen shoulder — can also result from the immobility and pain associated with shoulder bursitis.

Maria Sharapova withdrawing from 2013 US Open

Thankfully, for Maria’s sake, it doesn’t seem that Bursitis requires surgery to heal, “A doctor may also prescribe drugs to reduce the inflammation. Corticosteroids, also known simply as “steroids,” are often used because they work quickly to decrease the inflammation and pain. Steroids  can be injected directly at the site of injury.  Injections are often, but not always, effective and can be repeated . However, multiple injections in a several month period are usually avoided due to potential side effects from the injections and the possibility of masking problems that need to be treated differently. Physical therapy is another treatment option that is often used. This includes range-of-motion exercises and splinting (thumb, forearm, or bands). Surgery, although rarely needed, may be an option when bursitis does not respond to the other treatment options.

Hopefully Maria Sharapova recovers quickly to get back to the game.

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