Issues on My Right Side When I Play Volleyball

Published: November 06, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I play volleyball on a regular basis (school and club) and recently when I serve or hit, my right side would pop and it would knock the air out of me and be really uncomfortable. I would never have to put it back in to place but it got to a point where I couldn't practice anymore because of the pain. My doctors and coaches aren't sure what's wrong.
Signed: Issues on My Rigt Side When I Play Volleyball

Dear Issues on My Rigt Side When I Play Volleyball,

There are many different reasons why this can be occurring. You will need to visit a physician in person so that a physical exam can be performed in order for an accurate diagnosis to be made. You didn’t state where the pop is felt, whether it’s your shoulder, arm, ribs or if it’s felt inside. Due to the worsening of the issue, TeenHealhFX would suggest no longer playing volleyball or exerting yourself until a physician can examine you since continuous strain will only make the injury worse. You may have injured a muscle or tendon that is getting more irritated the more you are using it. If you are experiencing shortness of breath or trouble breathing you should report to your nearest ER immediately.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX