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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BROWARD COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Pickleball injuries are on the rise across South Florida. The problem: at least in some cases, players are forgetting how old they are before they aggressively take the courts.

Broward Health Orthopedic Surgeon Jason Walters joined me on South Florida’s First News on NewsRadio 610 WIOD Thursday morning. He said he’s seeing lots of injuries from the increasingly popular sport.

“And it’s typically a little bit older individuals, typically patients above the age of 50 that may have some pre-existing injuries and may find themselves you know, having fun and maybe becoming a little bit over competitive and after playing may have some pain,” said Dr. Walters” So what am I seeing, so I’m seeing patients with definitely shoulder injury. So you know, a lot of tendinitis in the shoulder, there’s obviously rotation in the typical stroke with pickleball.”

The result: injured limbs, strained muscles, and more:

“So they will have injuries about the elbow, a lot of tendinopathies and tendinitis about the elbow. And then, you know, in all these typically are minor injuries that can be treated with a little bit of rest is anti inflammatories, and some directed exercises. I’m also seeing knee injuries. So you know, older individuals running on the pickleball court may have some underlying pre-existing low-grade arthritis that may become inflamed. Due to the amount of exercise. I am seeing some tears in the meniscus, which can happen with twisting injuries that meniscus is a cartilage and cushion that sits in between the two bones in the knee. Sure. And then unfortunately, unfortunately, sometimes I do see people who slip and fall and genuinely hurt themselves and actually, you know, can break bones.”

How do you prevent injury? Listen to the interview, above. Dr. Walters shares some very good advice.

South Florida’s First News with Andrew Colton airs weekdays 6-10 a.m. on NewsRadio 610 WIOD, simulcast on 105.9HD2, on all smart speakers, and in the iHeart Radio app.




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