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Pickleball Perils: How to Stay in the Game, Injury-Free!

Oct 2, 2023 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Pickleball is a recreational sport growing in popularity in the United States. In fact, it’s become one of the fastest growing sports in America, and in the past three years, the player number has soared from 3.5 to 8.9 million! It’s easy to learn, promotes competitiveness and socialization, and is an excellent form of low-impact exercise. Unfortunately, pickleball is not without risk, and a game can result in an injury.

In 2021, researchers looked at data from emergency department visits between 2010 and 2019 and identified nearly 29,000 pickleball-related injuries among older adults. The most common diagnoses involved sprain/strains (32.2%), fractures (28.1%), and contusions (10.6%) with older men 3.5 times more likely than older women to suffer a sprain or strain injury and older women 3.7 times more likely than older men to sustain a fracture—including a nine-times greater risk for wrist fracture! These acute traumatic injuries can arise from falls, sudden turning or pivoting movements getting hit by a racket or paddle, getting hit by a ball, sudden bending over or hyperextending the spine, rolling an ankle, and running into the net, a fence, a wall, a chair or bench, a tree, or a fellow player.

Given the similarities in physical movements to tennis, individuals who engage in pickleball frequently might face an elevated risk of developing lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow. This painful condition arises when the tendons connecting to the elbow undergo excessive strain. Furthermore, pickleball players could be susceptible to various other musculoskeletal conditions associated with repetitive actions, including carpal tunnel syndrome.

Consequently, doctors of chiropractic may observe a rise in patients presenting with both acute traumatic musculoskeletal injuries and repetitive stress injuries over time. The treatment approach typically encompasses a multi-faceted strategy, incorporating manual therapies, specific exercises, modalities, nutritional guidance, and adjustments to daily activities. This comprehensive approach aims to restore normal joint motion, alleviate inflammation, and provide the injured area with the opportunity to heal.

Of note, the 2021 study found that 1 in 10 emergency room visits that involved pickleball were due to cardiovascular events. This in mind, if you are getting older and haven’t been physically active, talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine—including pickleball. Additionally, dress appropriately for play, stretch before taking the court, drink plenty of water, and take breaks as needed. Don’t push yourself beyond your limits, pace yourself, and focus on having fun and being social with the other players.

So, if you are interested in no longer chasing your tail on the pain gerbil wheel and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Is There a Better Way to Address Actually Fixing the Cause of the Pain?”

Once you have experienced the frustration of simply covering over the pain temporarily, you may be more enlightened to the idea of fixing the problem and then keep it that way. Some around you say one description of such an approach is called wellness care.


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If you feel like a gerbil on a perpetual pain wheel and you know it is negatively affecting your quality of life and keeping you from enjoying walks at Fort Myers Beach, playing golf, tennis, pickle ball or others, come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

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