OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports on Pickleball Injuries & Safety

The local experts at OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports have observed a surge in injuries related to the growing popularity of pickleball. Providing the highest level of patient-centered care for athletic injuries, the practice’s doctors have shared tips to promote safety and prevent injuries, aiming to help pickleball players make the most of their time on the court. Patients seeking highly specialized care for pickleball injuries are encouraged to call 205-228-7600 to schedule an appointment at one of the practice’s offices, located at 1801 Gadsden Highway in Birmingham or 118 Mars Hill Road in Hoover.

The doctors at OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports 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 is made up of Dr. Mary Gilmer, Dr. Bradly Goodman, Dr. Zane Hyde, Dr. Srinivas Mallempati, Dr. Tyler Marshall, Dr. Scott Orr, Dr. Mark Rogers, and Dr. P. Lauren Savage.

“As passionate experts in the field of sports medicine, we fully embrace the growing popularity of pickleball in our community,” said fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Gilmer. "Our expert team is dedicated to addressing and preventing injuries for pickleball players of all skills and offering, offering a comprehensive range of treatment options to keep our patients on the court."

The pickleball injury experts at OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports 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.

“Incorporating proper gear and techniques in your activities is crucial, but strength training specifically targeting the joints and back offers even more protection against injuries,” added Dr. Gilmer. “Injuries can still happen to anyone, so seeking treatment right away is key to staying on the court.”

To learn more about preventing pickleball injuries and when to seek treatment, please visit www.pickleballdoctors.com/region/birmingham or call OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports at 205-228-7600.