Health & Nutrition
By Noe Sariban, PT, DPT
The secret is out—pickleball is too much fun not to play! However, it’s not just a game; it’s a sport—and injuries happen, resulting in players being sidelined and unable to participate in their favorite activity.
Posture of Pickleball
Sitting and standing tall are key elements to avoid injury.
Arthritis and Degenerative Changes
Arthritis is a painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. The average age of pickleball players is around 60 years of age.
I was a very serious tennis player for almost 50 years and never suffered from “tennis elbow” until I started playing pickleball just over a year ago.
Total Joint Replacement
Total Joint Replacement (TJR) as a treatment for Osteoarthritis has become very common, and the prevalence of TJR is on the rise as baby boomers get older.
Knee Pain and Pickleball
Knee pain is a very common complaint of pickleball players due to the effects of gravity and aging on the joints.
Eye Injuries From Pickleball
Every year more than 600,000 recreational and sports-related eye injuries occur. Of these, close to 14,000 result in a permanent loss of sight.
Lower Back Pain
According to the Mayo Clinic, lower back pain is among the top 10 reasons for doctor visits in the United States. It’s estimated about two-thirds of Americans...
Heel Pain And Pickleball
With the growing popularity of the sport around the country, there have been more people in the pickleball community complaining of heel pain.
I Don't Need Therapy - All I Need Is Pickleball
Pickleball is notorious for good t-shirt taglines, but this one gave me pause: “Pickleball is going to put me—and all other mental health professionals—out of business!”
Lower Extremity Injuries
Sport-related injuries are considered commonplace in athletics. It’s estimated that sports injuries account for about 20 percent of all...
Injections For Orthopedic Injuries
The medical field has changed considerably in the past 15 years, and continues to evolve on a daily basis.
Pain in your shoulder?
It won’t just go away magically! Pickleball has provided an opportunity for people who played sports in their younger years to get back out there...
Don’t just ice and rest! Fix the mechanics! As more people start playing pickleball, the injuries specific to the sport are becoming more consistent.
A Sight for Sore Eyes
Eyewear not only protects players’ eyes from the ball or a partner’s paddle, it can protect you from long-term overexposure to the sun’s UV rays.