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The Perfect Match: Physical Therapy and Pickleball

By Jessica Lowy PT, DPT, CMTPT, DN, McKenzie A-D,  Advanced Schroth Certified SSOL

And Michal Porath PT, MPT, McKenzie A-D, Advanced Schroth Certified SSOL

Prime Orthopedic is excited to announce that we are opening a second clinic in Northvale NJ in a pickleball facility. Pickleball is a fast-growing sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It’s played on a court with a net, a paddle, and a plastic ball with holes. The game is popular among people of all ages and fitness levels, and it’s known for being a low-impact sport that’s easy on the joints. However, like any other sport, pickleball can lead to injuries if players don’t take proper precautions. That’s where physical therapy comes in. 

Physical therapy is a crucial part of any athlete’s training regimen, and pickleball players are no exception. A physical therapist can help injured  players improve their strength, flexibility, and balance, so they can return to the court stronger and faster. Physical therapy can also help prevent injuries by identifying weaknesses in your body, and then working on improving those weaknesses, which is important for preventing injuries on the court.  Treatments are highly  personalized treatment for any injuries they do sustain, so they can get back to playing as quickly as possible. They can also provide guidance on proper technique and form, which can help players avoid overuse injuries.

Some of the most common injuries in pickleball include Tennis elbow, which is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the elbow. It’s often caused by overuse of the forearm muscles, which can happen in pickleball if players don’t use proper technique. Shoulder injuries can occur from repetitive overhead motions in pickleball, which can put a lot of strain on the shoulder joints, leading to injuries like rotator cuff tears or shoulder impingement. Knee injuries can occur from the quick side-to-side movements in pickleball and can put a lot of stress and strain on the knees, leading to injuries like patellar tendonitis or meniscus tears.

Physical therapy can help pickleball players recover from injuries and get back on the court as quickly as possible. At Prime Orthopedic Rehabilitation we perform manual techniques to decrease soft tissue restrictions and create a personalized treatment plan that includes exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as techniques to reduce pain and inflammation. Prime Orthopedic Rehabilitation can also provide guidance on proper technique and form, which can help prevent future injuries.

At Prime Orthopedic Rehabilitation, we have both male and female therapists.  Our therapists all hold advanced certifications to help with your specific needs, including OCS certification, Orthopedic Certified Specialist.  We offer general outpatient physical and occupational therapy, both In-Office and In-Home, but we also offer specific approaches such as McKenzie rehab for neck and back issues, Schroth approach for scoliosis, Vestibular rehab for dizziness, balance issues and vertigo, Sports rehab for sports injuries such as those from pickleball,basketball or hockey, as well as therapists certified in dry needling, cupping, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) and other approaches.  Prime also has seventy 5-star google reviews and offers more one on one time than most other offices.  Call us today to ask how we can help you 201-503-7173.

Jessica Lowy, DPT, CMTPT, DN, Mckenzie A-D, Advanced Schroth Therapist and Michal Porath, MPT, Mckenzie A-D, Advanced Schroth Therapist are owners of Prime Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Tenafly, NJ. They treat necks and backs in their clinic, in addition to general orthopedic and post surgical patients. Call (201) 503-7173 for an appointment.

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