Pickleball Injury Experts at Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery Offer Prevention, Care for Rising Injury Rate

Recent reports from major insurance carriers like United Healthcare note a higher than expected rate of bone, joint and muscle elective procedures. The local experts at Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery indicate that pickleball’s rising popularity plays a role in the spike in injuries they are seeing. As the region’s most preferred independent orthopedic and neurosurgery practice, Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery provides the highest level of preventive, nonsurgical and surgical care for athletic injuries. To help pickleball players get the most out of their time on the court, the doctors at Rebound have provided guidelines to help them stay safe and avoid injury. Those with an injury keeping them off the court are encouraged to call 1-800-Rebound for an appointment in Portland, Vancouver or Lake Oswego. For urgent needs, patients can schedule an appointment at their Rapid Access Clinic in Vancouver at 200 NE Mother Joseph Place, Suite 110. 

“As experienced sports medicine doctors, we encourage this healthy and engaging pickleball trend in our community,” said Dr. Jim Chesnutt, board-ceritifed primary care sports medicine physician at Rebound. “Every sport has its risks, and pickleball is no exception. Our entire expert team at Rebound is here to help treat and prevent injuries for pickleball players of all levels.”

The region’s pickleball injury experts at Rebound describe the most common conditions affecting pickleball players and ways to avoid them:

  • Pickleball elbow: Pickleball elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, can occur due to overuse. Prevent an elbow injury by warming up before playing and taking breaks to allow your arm to recover.
  • Knee injuries: Knee injuries, like ligament or meniscus tears, can happen from sudden movements or falls. Protect your knees by wearing supportive footwear and being mindful of your footing.
  • Wrist injuries: Wrist injuries from falls or improper technique are common in pickleball. Prevent injury by using supportive braces or wraps and practicing proper stroke techniques.
  • Hip fractures: Hip fractures can result from falls on the court. Prevent fractures by wearing appropriate footwear and maintaining a clear court free of hazards.
  • Achilles tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis, or inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can be caused by repetitive stress. Prevent ankle injuries by warming up properly and gradually increasing training intensity.

“By warming up, wearing supportive shoes and learning proper techniques, you can enjoy your matches while minimizing the risk of pain and problems,” added Dr. Chesnutt. “Targeted strength training, like the exercises our physical therapists at Rebound offer, will also provide protection for your joints and muscles.” 

Injuries can still happen to anyone, on or off the court, and it is important to seek treatment right away.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment with the experts at Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery or their Rapid Access Clinic for more urgent orthopedic needs, please call 1-800-Rebound.