Pickleball, a dynamic and exhilarating sport, has gained immense popularity. Combining elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, it provides a fantastic cardiovascular workout while being gentle on the joints.

However, like any physical activity, it's not without its risks. In this article, we'll delve into the common injuries that often accompany this dynamic sport, breaking down the causes and providing expert guidance on prevention and recovery. At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness in Saskatoon, we specialize in addressing and preventing these injuries, ensuring you can continue to enjoy pickleball without the fear of pain holding you back.

Common Injuries

Ankle Sprains and Strains

Ankles bear the brunt of sudden stops, starts, and changes in direction in pickleball. Ankles can roll or twist, leading to sprains or strains. Saskatoon Physiotherapists at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness emphasize the importance of proper warm-up routines and ankle-strengthening exercises to prevent these injuries. We also suggest consulting a physiotherapist for tailored rehabilitation programs if an injury occurs. Our skilled Saskatoon Physiotherapists at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness stress the importance of a thorough warm-up and targeted ankle-strengthening exercises to fortify these crucial joints.

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation on the outer part of the elbow. Despite its name, it's not exclusive to tennis players. The repetitive motion of swinging the paddle can lead to pain and inflammation on the outer part of the elbow. At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, our Saskatoon Chiropractors are adept at employing a range of treatments, including manual therapies, ultrasound, and specific exercises, to alleviate discomfort and restore optimal function. 

Shoulder Strains and Rotator Cuff Injuries

The constant overhead motion in pickleball makes the shoulder area susceptible to strains and rotator cuff injuries. The experts at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness recommend targeted shoulder-strengthening exercises to bolster these vulnerable areas. Our Saskatoon Physiotherapists can provide customized rehabilitation programs to help you regain strength and stability.

Back Pain and Strains

Improper posture, sudden twists, and overexertion can all contribute to back pain on the pickleball court. Our Saskatoon Chiropractors at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness offer a range of treatments, from spinal adjustments to soft tissue therapies, coupled with ergonomic advice to alleviate discomfort and prevent future strain on your back. 

Knee Injuries (Patellar Tendonitis)

The stop-and-start nature of pickleball, along with lateral movements, can put stress on the knees, potentially leading to conditions like patellar tendonitis. At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, our Saskatoon Physiotherapists recommend exercises to fortify the quadriceps and surrounding muscles, providing vital support to the knee joint. 

Overuse Injuries

Repetitive motions, especially in the wrist, elbow, and shoulder, can lead to overuse injuries over time. Rest, proper technique, and a regimen of strengthening and flexibility exercises are crucial to preventing these issues. The experts at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness can guide you in crafting a routine that safeguards against overuse injuries.

Prevention and Recovery Strategies

  1. Warm-Up and Stretching Routines: Prioritize a thorough warm-up and stretching routine to prepare your muscles and joints for the demands of pickleball.

  2. Proper Technique: Seek guidance from a certified instructor to learn and practice proper techniques, which can significantly reduce the risk of injuries.

  3. Strength and Conditioning: Incorporate strength and conditioning exercises, focusing on areas prone to injury, to provide additional support to vulnerable joints and muscles.

  4. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to any signs of discomfort or pain. Rest and seek professional advice if needed.

  5. Consult Experts: A Saskatoon Chiropractor and Physiotherapist at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness can provide personalized advice, treatment, and rehabilitation programs tailored to your specific needs.


Pickleball is a game that brings joy and a healthy dose of competition to countless enthusiasts.

However, it's essential to be mindful of potential injuries that can arise.

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness in Saskatoon, we're dedicated to providing expert care and tailored solutions to address and prevent common pickleball injuries. By following proper techniques, incorporating strength training, and seeking professional guidance when needed, you can continue to relish this exhilarating sport without the worry of pain.

Your well-being is our priority, and a thriving game starts with a healthy body.

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Dr. Kurtis Gryba

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