Pickleball has taken the sports and exercise world by storm, offering a low-impact option that attracts middle-aged and elderly individuals looking to enjoy outdoor activities, stay active, and engage in friendly competition. However, as with any sport, injuries can happen. In this article, we will explore the most common pickleball injuries and how chiropractic sports medicine specialists (DACBSP®) can help evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate these injuries, getting you back on the court in no time.

The Common Pickleball Injuries:

  • Ankle sprains: Twisting or rolling the ankle while moving quickly on the court is a common pickleball injury.
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis): Repetitive motions and improper technique can lead to inflammation and pain in the tendons of the forearm.
  • Shoulder impingement: Overhead shots and repetitive swinging motions can cause impingement syndrome, resulting in shoulder pain.
  • Knee strains: Quick changes in direction, lateral movements, and jumping can strain the ligaments and muscles around the knee joint.
  • Back strains: Poor posture, repetitive bending, and twisting movements can lead to strains in the muscles and ligaments of the back.
  • Wrist sprains: Falls, improper technique, or excessive force can cause sprains in the wrist, resulting in pain and limited mobility.
  • Hamstring strains: Sudden accelerations, decelerations, or improper warm-up can lead to strains in the muscles at the back of the thigh.
  • Achilles tendinitis: Overuse or repetitive strain can cause inflammation and pain in the Achilles tendon, located at the back of the ankle.
  • Groin strains: Quick lateral movements and sudden changes in direction can strain the muscles of the inner thigh.
  • Plantar fasciitis: The repetitive jumping and running involved in pickleball can lead to inflammation of the plantar fascia, causing heel and arch pain.
  • Rotator cuff injuries: The rotator cuff can be strained or torn due to the overhead shots and repetitive arm movements in pickleball.
  • Hip flexor strains: Rapid movements, lunging, or sudden stops can strain the hip flexor muscles, leading to pain in the front of the hip.
  • Shin splints: The repetitive impact of running and jumping can cause inflammation and pain along the shinbone.

The Role of Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialists:

When it comes to recovering from pickleball injuries and getting back on the court, finding a healthcare practitioner well-trained in sports injury management is crucial. Chiropractic sports medicine specialists (DACBSP®) are highly qualified professionals with advanced knowledge in sports-related injuries, including those commonly seen in pickleball. With their expertise in chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue techniques, therapeutic exercises, therapeutics, and rehabilitation strategies, DACBSP® chiropractic physicians can provide tailored evaluations and treatments specific to pickleball players. Their comprehensive approach focuses not only on symptom relief but also on preventing future injuries and optimizing overall physical well-being.

The Road to Recovery:

If you’re here in Miami or Miami Beach, the Road To Recovery from pickleball injuries starts by calling Dr. Narson.  Dr. Narson is a chiropractic sports medicine specialist (DACBSP®) that will evaluate your injuries, design a program specific to your injuries and help get you back on the court playing again.

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What If You’re Not In South Florida?

How to find a chiropractic sports medicine specialist if you’re not here in Miami Beach / Miami?  Go to https://www.acbsp.com/directory/ enter your location and you can find a DACBSP® or CCSP® near you that can help you with your sports injury!


Todd M. Narson, DC, DACBSP®, ICSC

Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialist

Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center

975 Arthur Godfrey Road #102

Miami Beach, FL 33140

Phone:  305.672.2225


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