If there’s one sport that’s been taking the world by storm, it’s pickleball. In 2023, almost 9 million Americans picked up paddles and headed to their local courts. While you can find this sport almost anywhere, it’s especially popular in Naples, which has even been dubbed “the pickleball capital of the world.”

Ultimately, pickleball offers an entertaining, engaging way to get some exercise. However, like all sports, there’s a risk of injury. At Synergy Health, we offer innovative, healing PRP for sports injuries, delivering long-term relief without relying on invasive surgical solutions. Keep reading to learn more about common injuries and how our team can help you achieve a pain-free life.

Common Pickleball Injuries

Most people don’t consider pickleball to be a dangerous activity. While it’s generally less intensive than many other sports, there’s still a chance of getting hurt. Here are a few of the most common pickleball injuries:

  • Shoulder/rotator cuff strains and tears: Shoulder and rotator cuff strains and tears can occur due to repetitive overhead motions in pickleball, especially during serves and smashes, leading to discomfort and limited range of motion.
  • Elbow injuries: Elbow injuries such as tennis elbow may develop from the repetitive swinging motion involved in striking the ball, causing pain and inflammation in the tendons of the elbow joint. 
  • Wrist and ankle sprains: Wrist and ankle sprains can result from sudden pivoting movements or quick changes in direction on the court, potentially leading to pain, swelling, and limited mobility.
  • Knee strains and tears: Knee strains and tears may arise from sudden stops, starts, or lateral movements during gameplay, causing discomfort and instability in the knee joint. 
  • Back injuries: Back injuries can occur due to overextension or twisting motions while reaching for shots, leading to strains, spasms, or herniated discs that may require medical attention and rehabilitation.

The Benefits of PRP Treatment for Pickleball Injuries

Sometimes, pickleball injuries are fairly minor. Other times, they cause debilitating pain that doesn’t seem to go away. If you’re struggling with joint pain, PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment may help.

Put simply, PRP uses the natural healing properties of platelets found in your body’s plasma. Our team starts by extracting a blood sample. Then, we use a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets in the plasma. Finally, we inject the concentrated, platelet-rich plasma into your injured joint, where it promotes healing through tissue regeneration and repair. Here are a few top benefits of PRP treatment:

  • Minimally invasive treatment: Our treatments provide healing without the complications and complexity of surgery.
  • Reduced pain and inflammation: By enhancing tissue repair and growth, PRP lowers both pain and inflammation levels.
  • Improved joint function: PRP encourages muscle recovery and mobility, ultimately restoring your joint function and strength.
  • Faster recovery times: Compared to surgical treatments, PRP offers relatively fast recovery times. While the recovery period depends on the injury, many patients notice results within a few weeks.
  • Customizable: Our PRP treatments can be paired with Wharton’s Jelly, an FDA-compliant allocyte injection that strengthens and cushions joints. PRP can also be used for chronic trigger point injections, which target painful muscle knots.

For the best results, we recommend a series of 3 injections over a 6-week period. Exact treatment plans vary based on each patient’s unique needs and goals.

Discover PRP Treatment in Naples Today!

Are you looking for a non-surgical way to treat a pickleball injury? At Synergy Health, we promote long-term healing through high-quality PRP treatments. After an initial assessment, our professionals will develop a custom plan designed to help you get back to the sport you love. Schedule your consultation in Naples today!