Orthopedic Associates’ Doctors Discuss Pickleball Injury Rise, Safety

As regional experts in sports medicine care, the doctors at Orthopedic Associates have noted a jump in injuries related to pickleball as more local residents join the game. Providing world-class care for athletic injuries, the practice’s doctors have shared tips to promote safety and prevent pickleball-related injuries. Patients seeking highly specialized care for pickleball injuries are encouraged to call 314-569-0616 to schedule an appointment. Consultation and care are available at the Orthopedic Associates main office at 1050 Old Des Peres Road, Suite 100, as well as at its outreach clinics in Bonne Terre, Missouri; Columbia, Illinois; Fredericktown, Missouri; and Sunset Hills Healthcare in St. Louis.

The doctors at Orthopedic Associates serve as the exclusive regional doctors for Pickleball Doctors, a national authoritative resource on pickleball injury prevention and treatment from specialty-trained orthopedic and sports medicine doctors. The practice’s team of pickleball experts includes Dr. R Randal Aaranson, Dr. James Burke, Dr. Brandon Doser, Dr. William Feinstein, Dr. Richard Hulsey, Dr. Robert Kramer, Dr. Christopher Mudd, Dr. Michael Nogalski, Dr. Christopher O’Boynick, Dr. Ryan Pitts and Dr. Patrick Sweeney.

“Specializing in keeping people moving through orthopedic care, we are thrilled to see so many in our region having fun and getting active on the pickleball court,” said fellowship-trained shoulder and elbow specialist Dr. Sweeney. "We also want to help our community pickleball players stay on the court, and in the event of injury, we are always here, offering the specialized, expert care needed for quick, safe recoveries."

The pickleball injury experts at Orthopedic Associates offer a list of the most common injuries 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.

To learn more about preventing pickleball injuries and when to seek treatment, please visit www.pickleballdoctors.com/region/st-louis or call 314-569-0616.