Pickleball has taken Florida by storm. This previously unheard-of sport was created originally on Bainbridge Island, Oregon way back in 1965. It was invented by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum. Their children were bored with normal summer games, so they came up with their own.
The name Pickleball came into play because it was a combination of different sports and reminded them of the pickle boat crew where their rowers were chosen from the leftovers of other boating crews.
- Similar to tennis it used a smaller hard surfaced square racket.
- The ball must stay in bounds.
- There must only be one bounce per side.
- Both the serve and return must bounce.
- Serving must be done at the baseline.
- The serve cannot land in the no-volley zone.
- The game ends at 11, 15, or 21 points.
- In order to step in the kitchen during volley play, the ball has to land in the kitchen. (you will know where the kitchen line is because it is the only place in the whole area of play that has highlighted regions.)
- The winning team must be winning by 2 points for the game to end.
There are more nuances to the game of course but that is the gist. It is played on a regular regulation tennis court and is growing in popularity.
With growing popularity, especially here in Southwest Florida, the number of patients we see with Pickleball Elbow has increased.
What is Pickleball Elbow?
Lateral Epicondylitis (Pickleball/Tennis Elbow) is a painful condition which affects the tendons joining the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. Pain and inflammation can become severe. This pain can take time to heal. It is a repetitive motion injury caused by overuse.
Age is a factor in its development. These micro tears in the tendons adjoining the forearm outside of the elbow cause pain, swelling, and tenderness. It is more prevalent in those age 40 and up.
Chiropractic and Pickleball Elbow
Many patients experience relief after just a few chiropractic treatments. Chiropractic can help improve joint motion in the elbow and wrist, decreasing the strain placed on those muscles during a game.
You don’t have to give up the game you love, just add in regular chiropractic visits to your regular schedule.
Give us a call at the office of Kaster Chiropractic. 239-332-2555 or visit online at www.kasterchiropractic.com to learn more.