Avoid the Post-Pickleball Pickle

Pickleball is a great way to stay active and have plenty of fun, but as with any sport, it does come with a risk of injury. Even a casual pickleball player could be vulnerable to a number of hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder problems. 

From sprains and strains to more severe injuries as well as chronic conditions, you can learn to prevent pickleball-related bone, joint, and muscle issues by playing smart and staying safe.

Before You Play: Consider taking a class or working with a trainer to learn good form and technique. You should be hydrated every time you hit the court. You should also do some warm-up exercises and plenty of stretching. Focus on rotating and stretching your wrists and shoulders before you play. 

While You Play: Make sure you are following proper technique with your paddle and footwork, and use a proper paddle when you play. If you have pain from older injuries, be sure to have your supports or braces on. Between matches or during time-outs, be sure to rehydrate.   

After You Play: Keep up your hydration by replenishing your fluids, and get a good cooldown. A few stretches can help your body adjust properly. If you start feeling any aches or pains, be sure to adequately rest and use heat, ice, or elevation as needed. If pain persists, consult with a doctor before getting on the court again.

If you find yourself in a pickle after a pickleball match and feel pain or stiffness in your hands, wrists, elbows, or shoulders afterward, our sports medicine doctors are here for you. Request an appointment online or call (404) 255-0226 to consult with one of our experts at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia and get the care you need to get back on the court.