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Pickleball Treatment Leaders in Florida

For pickleball enthusiasts in search of premium bone, joint, and muscle care, Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute is the ultimate destination. As a multispecialty orthopaedic practice, we provide unparalleled care tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

Like any sport, pickleball offers not only fitness benefits, but it also poses risks of injury. Every pickleball player is a unique athlete with individual needs that require specialized attention. When an injury occurs, effective treatment and recovery demand collaboration with experts who possess the specific knowledge and experience tailored to your unique requirements.

In sports medicine, the athlete is the central focus. The objectives and the eagerness to get back into the game shape the care offered by sports medicine specialists. Choosing the appropriate sports medicine doctor is crucial for pickleball players aiming to regain peak performance after an injury.

At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our pickleball injury experts are all board-certified and specialty-trained doctors. Equipped with advanced training and renowned expertise in sports medicine, our specialists are ready to provide tailored treatment and rehabilitation plans. They collaborate closely with you, identifying the best solutions for your pain or limitations, ensuring your prompt return to the pickleball court and the sport you cherish.

Our pickleball injury experts at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute are proud to be Pickleball Doctors. Offering expert advice on injury prevention and performance optimization, the Pickleball Doctors, an elite group of doctors, are committed to keeping you on top of your game on the pickleball court.

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Prepare for Pickleball Play & Avoid Injury

Prevention is crucial for avoiding injuries in pickleball. Regardless of your skill level, off-court conditioning is key to minimizing injury risks during the game. Incorporating strength training and specific stretches into your routine is essential to prepare for matches. To protect your performance, consider following a customized workout or warm-up routine crafted by experts.

Welcome to the Pickleball 10 to Win program by Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, the trusted authority in pickleball injury care in Florida. This comprehensive workout plan not only boosts your game, but it also minimizes the risk of injuries, allowing you to stay on the court with confidence.

When to Be Seen

Always pay attention to pain during training or pickleball games as well as in any sport. Disregarding an injury could lead to prolonged time off the pickleball court.

Our specialists understand that the most effective injury treatment plan requires a precise diagnosis from an experienced doctor. Request an appointment online or call (561) 694-7776 to consult with one of our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors if you experience:

  • A popping sensation in your arm, wrist, hip, shoulder, back, or knee after a fall
  • Inability to bear weight on your foot, ankle, knee, or leg
  • Persistent muscle or joint pain despite rest and icing
  • Discomfort in your hand, wrist, or forearm when holding your pickleball paddle
  • Shoulder, back, neck, or arm pain while swinging your pickleball paddle
  • Sudden and continuous discomfort in certain areas of your back, arms, or legs following physical activity, particularly if the region feels tender or warm to the touch.

Common pickleball injuries include:

  • Sprains in the ankle and wrist
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Knee cartilage and tendon injuries, like ACL tears
  • Pickleball elbow (also known as tennis elbow)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff tears and other injuries
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Lower back or hamstring strains
  • Who to See

    Robert J. Avino, M.D.

    Dr. Robert J. Avino is a board certified, fellowship trained adult hip and knee reconstruction surgeon. By offering the most current surgical techniques and embracing robotic technologies, Dr. Avino provides superior outcomes with decreased pain.

    He is dedicated to serving patients with hip pain and knee pain. He specializes in robotic direct anterior approach hip replacement, robotic knee replacement, and revision joint replacement surgery. Dr. Avino enjoys spending time with each patient, understanding their concerns, recommending both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. His focus is on providing individualized, high-quality care.

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    G. Clay Baynham, M.D.

    Dr. Baynham was among the first Fellowship trained spinal surgery specialists to practice in Palm Beach County and has been practicing for over 25 years. Over the course of a busy private practice and as spinal surgery consultant to the Palm Beach County Trauma District and the Children’s Medical Services, he has performed over 7,000 major spinal operations. Dr. Baynham has likely performed more adult complex spinal surgeries than anyone in the Palm Beach County area. His practice focuses on treatment of adult spinal problems utilizing the most current microsurgical, laser, laparoscopic and spinal instrumentation techniques.

    Dr. Baynham is well-respected among his peers and has held multiple leadership positions including Chief of orthopedics, Surgery, Spinal Surgery, and as Medical Executive Committee member at multiple Palm Beach County hospitals. He has also served as president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society.

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  • Who to See

    Michael Cooney, M.D.

    Dr. Michael Cooney’s areas of expertise range from treating sports-related injuries of all types, to experience in the most complex types of arthroscopic surgery. He is presently a consultant to several sports teams in the Palm Beaches. His participation with Palm Beach orthopedic Institute allows him to pursue his research interests in analyzing sports performance.

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    Melisa Estes, M.D.

    Dr. Melisa Estes enjoys treating non-operative musculoskeletal conditions. Her comprehensive practice includes treating conditions such as back and neck pain, degenerative joints, gait impairment, migraine headaches and sports injuries. She has extensive training in interventional spinal injections such as epidural steroid injections and facet injections. Dr. Estes is excited to be able to offer the latest non-surgical treatments of regenerative medicine. This includes PRP injections (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Cellular treatments. Dr. Estes feels that lifestyle modification, exercise, appropriate medications, and injections will allow patients to live their life to the fullest and not be slowed down by pain or dysfunction.

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    Kenneth Gerszberg, M.D.

    Dr. Gerszberg is motivated to help patients find the best resolution of their ailments, which include but are not limited to ankle and foot arthritis, lower leg deformities, fractures, bunions, and tendon pathologies. He has had extensive training in ankle replacements, ankle fusions, ankle and hindfoot arthroscopy, Charcot deformity corrections, tendon/ligament reconstruction, foot fusions, fracture management, and minimally invasive Achilles repairs. He has published research in the Journal of Hand Surgery, orthopedics, and Journal of Immunology.

    Dr. Gerszberg is dedicated to giving each patient a personalized plan to treat their condition, which includes both surgical and nonsurgical options. Dr. Gerszberg enthusiastically brings the highest quality orthopedic foot and ankle care to the Palm Beach County Florida area.

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    Brian W. Hill, M.D.

    Dr. Hill completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at Saint Louis University and following his residency he was fortunate enough to complete a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the prestigious Rothman orthopedic Institute / Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA. There he learned the most advanced techniques in modern reconstructive and arthroscopic shoulder and elbow surgery from many of the world’s experts.

    As a shoulder and elbow surgeon, Dr. Hill specializes in the comprehensive management of shoulder and elbow conditions. He utilizes both arthroscopic and open techniques to treat various shoulder and elbow disorders including arthritis, sports injuries, instability and fractures. Dr. Hill has a particular interest in complex shoulder issues consisting of significant deformity, massive rotator cuff tears or failed previous surgery. In addition, he enjoys joint preservation techniques for both the shoulder and elbow.

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    John Hinson, M.D.

    Dr. Hinson is trained in all aspects of orthopedic care and specializes in traumatic and degenerative conditions of the shoulder and elbow. His interests include arthroscopic surgery, rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability procedures, and shoulder replacement including reverse total shoulder replacement. Further interests include care of the throwing athlete, golfers and the high demands these athletes place on their shoulders.

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    Justin Kearse, M.D.

    Dr. Justin Kearse originally hails from West Palm Beach and is a graduate of The King’s Academy. He is trained in general orthopedics and has a subspecialty certification in the hand, wrist, and elbow. He has a special interest in complex hand and upper extremity issues and seeks to restore the function of patients.

    Dr. Kearse works with patients to develop a treatment program that best suits their current condition. In addition to operative treatment, Dr. Kearse often provides multiple non-operative interventions which include use of activity modifications, medications, injections, bracing, and therapy to get patients back to their lives. He has published research in the Journal of Geriatric orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation concerning osteoporosis treatment, has presented at society meetings, and has performed medical mission work in Haiti.

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  • Who to See

    James Kerpsack, M.D.

    Dr. Kerpsack's orthopedic specialty areas include pediatric and adult orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He treats most bone and joint problems in adults and children but especially enjoys treating sports injuries in athletes of all ages. Because pediatric sports medicine is a newer field, a crucial component of his practice is to include the parents in the decision process so they can choose the best treatment options together. Dr. Kerpsack strives to make the children and their parents understand the surgical and non-surgical options for everything we treat. He finds it important to take the time to discuss these options and make the best decision possible with all of his patients. What he finds most rewarding in his specialty is being able to watch his patients improve and go back to their normal lives. He understands that staying active is crucial to most people and he makes every effort to keep his patients active, healthy, and allow them to continue participation in their sports as safely as possible.

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  • Who to See

    Michael Leighton, M.D.

    Dr. Michael Leighton specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder as well as total joint arthroplasty of the knee, hip, and shoulder. He has been in practice in Palm Beach County since 1994. For over two decades, he has treated NBA, NHL and MLB hall of famers, as well as local PGA and mini tour professionals. He also serves as the team physician for local high schools. He sits on the Board of Governors of Jupiter Medical Center.

    Dr. Leighton is very sports oriented both in his own life and for his patient’s. He enjoys golf, tennis, pickleball, and many other sports activities. His approach to non-operative rehabilitation and therapy after surgery is aimed at getting patients back to the sports that they love; specifically, total knee and hip patients are expected to be playing golf between two and three months after surgery.

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  • Who to See

    Fernando Mora, M.D.

    Through his fellowship training at Emory, Dr. Mora received advanced training in sophisticated interventional pain management procedures including spinal cord stimulation, occipital nerve stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, peripheral nerve ablation, and implantable drug delivery systems for cancer pain. He has extensive training and experience with epidurals, sympathetic blocks, Botox injections for migraines, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar injections as well as major joint injections under both fluoroscopic and ultrasound guidance.

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  • Who to See

    Andrew R. Noble, M.D.

    Dr. Andrew R. Noble specializes in joint replacement of the knee and hip. He completed a fellowship from the Harvard School of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He initially started working in North Carolina in 2006 and moved to Florida in 2010 to join Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute.

    Dr. Noble is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) as well as the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). He published research in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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  • Who to See

    Scott Norris, D.O.

    Dr. Scott Norris has been treating patients in Palm Beach County since 2000 and practices general orthopedics with a specialization in Sports Medicine. He also has interest in general pediatric orthopedics. Additionally, Dr. Norris extends his Sports Medicine philosophy when treating work related injuries.

    His fellowship training allows him to treat complex injuries of shoulder, knee, hip, foot, and ankle. His special interests include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements, Arthroscopic and Open Knee Ligament Reconstruction, Cartilage Injuries of the Knee (OATS), Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Reconstruction, Rotator Cuff Repair, Ankle Arthroscopy.

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    Kyle Petersen, M.D.

    Dr. Petersen is a fellowship trained spinal surgery specialist.

    He utilizes minimally invasive techniques trying to minimize pain and preserve mobility with cervical disc replacement surgery and motion preserving procedures when appropriate. While at UCLA for his fellowship he learned endoscopic spine surgery.

    He focuses on all aspects of the spine from the neck to the lower back and SI joint. During the course of his career, Dr. Petersen has authored and published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters relating to spine and orthopedic trauma. In addition, he has presented his work at numerous meetings across the United States. Having had spine surgery himself, Dr. Petersen demonstrates empathy towards all his patients in the hopes of getting them back to the things they love.

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    John Schilero, D.P.M.

    Dr. Schilero's lifelong dedication to the medical profession and his years of academic study and 20 years of surgical practice have provided him with the necessary tools to deliver the absolute finest foot and ankle care available.

    In addition to his medical school training, he has completed extensive postgraduate training in laser surgery, endoscopy and advanced trauma care. He is board certified in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and tries to bring the latest technologies to the Palm Beaches. He is trained in the new shockwave nonsurgical care for chronic heel pain because he wants his patients to always receive the latest treatments.

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  • Who to See

    Andrew Seltzer, D.O.

    Dr. Andrew Seltzer has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Palm Beach County since 1989. He is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon in upper extremity, hand and wrist surgery. He was trained at USC (University of Southern California). Dr. Seltzer's training included a visiting residency at Brigham and Women's/Harvard for total joint surgery. He also was a visiting resident at Shriners Hospital in Tampa for Pediatric orthopedics. In addition, he trained at USC in orthopedic trauma surgery. Dr. Seltzer's expertise is treatment of musculoskeletal injuries/fractures of the hand, wrist, elbow, knees and ankles. Dr. Seltzer performs arthroscopic surgery of the wrist, hand and knee. In addition, he routinely performs total knee replacements and joint replacements of the wrists and fingers.

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  • Who to See

    Gary Wexler, M.D.

    Dr. Wexler’s orthopedic expertise is in the field of knee and shoulder injuries. He has received subspecialty training in the arthroscopic treatment of complex knee and shoulder injuries.

    A sports injury comes with a negative emotional response, where people are devastated, thinking they’ll never get better,” he says. “And I get to tell them it doesn’t need to be like that.” Dr. Wexler encourages patients to think of orthopedic surgeons as “the frontline providers” for treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. “There’s a misconception that we just do surgery, but, actually, we are the primary caregivers to joints, muscles, bones and ligaments.” Not one to sprint to the operating table, Dr. Wexler finds that conservative care such as anti-inflammatory medicines, injections, therapy, braces and topical gels can often yield effective results.

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Full-Service Care for Pickleball Players

The ideal treatment is one that supports your health, fitness, and performance objectives, allowing you to achieve your peak potential. At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our specialists in pickleball injuries have in-depth expertise to provide customized and effective treatments tailored to your specific requirements. Collaborating closely with you, our team diagnoses the issue and implements a solution that ensures your active participation on the court.

Our doctors emphasize conservative treatment approaches before contemplating surgery. Should surgery be required, our experts excel in leading-edge minimally invasive techniques, guaranteeing a safe, speedy, and optimal recovery process.

Common Pickleball Injuries & Treatments

For every pickleball player we treat, Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute offers full-service leading-edge care plans across the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal health. Discover more about the treatments offered by our specialists for pickleball injuries by exploring the list below. Click on the corresponding buttons for detailed insights into each injury and the available treatment options.


  • ACL Reconstruction Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Release Surgery Golfer’s Elbow Surgery
  • High Ankle Sprain Treatment Options Meniscus Tear Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Sprained Ankle Treatment Options Tennis Elbow Surgery
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injection for Shoulder Pain Wrist Arthoscropy
  • Wrist Fracture Surgery Wrist Tendonitis Surgery
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Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.

Bear Hugs

Step 1. Stand straight or lie on your back and open up your arms, pulling your shoulders back to broaden your chest.

Step 2. Bring your arms back in, wrapping them around your chest to pat the back of your shoulders.

Step 3. Repeat quickly 20 times.

For the Win: Do some resistance bear hugs. Hold a resistance band around your back. Then, reach your arms out in front of you like you are hugging someone. Hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.

Pogo Hops

Step 1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.

Step 2. Bend your knees slightly, but keep your posture straight.

Step 3. Keep your feet together and jump up and down in place.

Step 4.Repeat for 30 seconds.

For the Win: Do some single-leg hops. Balance on one leg and hop in place for 30 seconds. Repeat while balancing on your other leg. For better agility training, use a line to hop over from left to right.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.

Side-Lying Leg Lifts

Step 1. Lie on your side with your legs straight and one leg on top of the other.

Step 2. Bend your knees slightly and move your top leg toward the sky or ceiling.

Step 3. Lift your leg slowly and lower it slowly.

Step 4. Repeat 10 times on each side.

For the Win: Try resistance leg lifts! While lying on your side, place a resistance band around your legs and above your knees while you complete your leg lifts. For more of a challenge, place the band around your ankles.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.

Single-Leg Balance

Step 1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.

Step 2. Lift one foot off the ground. If you need, hold your arms out to help you balance.

Step 3. Hold this position for up to a minute or as long as you can.

Step 4. Repeat on the other side.

For the Win: Do single-leg extensions. Stand on one foot. Lift your other leg, extending it behind you, in front of you, and off to the side. Center your leg before each extension. Repeat 15 times on each side.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.

Standing Quad Stretch

Step 1. Stand on one foot and pull the other behind you, holding the ankle.

Step 2. If you need, hold onto something for balance.

Step 3. Pull your heel toward your buttocks, and hold for 30 seconds.

Step 4. Repeat on each side.

For the Win: Do kneeling quad stretches. Kneel on one knee with the opposite foot planted flat in front of you. Push your hips forward and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat for 3 sets on each side.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.


Step 1. Put a resistance band around a stable surface, like a tree or fence, holding the band in each hand.

Step 2. Stand facing the band with your feet hip-width apart.

Step 3. Pull the band toward you, squeezing your shoulder blades.

Step 4. Return to your starting position.

Step 5. Repeat 15 times.

For the Win: Do kneeling quad stretches. Kneel on one knee with the opposite foot planted flat in front of you. Push your hips forward and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat for 3 sets on each side.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.


Step 1. Put your hands and knees on the ground, then extend your legs behind you.

Step 2. Support your weight on your forearms and toes.

Step 3. Keep your body straight from your head to your heels.

Step 4. Hold this position as long as you can.

For the Win: Try side planks with resistance in your arms. Support your weight on one foot and forearm. Hold a resistance band in both hands, and extend your free arm toward the sky or ceiling. Repeat 10 times on each side.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.

Heel Raises

Step 1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.

Step 2. Slowly lift your heels off the ground, rising uponto the balls of your feet.

Step 3. Pause as you get to your tip-toe position, then lower your heels slowly back down to the ground.

Step 4. Repeat 20 times.

For the Win: Try single-leg heel raises. Instead of using both feet, lift one foot off the ground while putting your weight on the other foot and lifting that heel up. Repeat 20 times on each side.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.


Step 1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.

Step 2. Lower your hips down and back as if you are sitting down in a chair.

Step 3. Keep your weight on your heels.

Step 4. Return to a standing position.

Step 5. Repeat 10 times.

For the Win: Try single-leg squats. Instead of two feet down as you squat, lift one foot off the ground and extend it in front of you as you lower your hips and return to a standing position. Repeat 10 times on each side.

Pickleball 10 to Win

With these 10 targeted exercises, you can improve your flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance to win on the court and stay on the court.


Step 1. Stand with feet hip-width apart.

Step 2. Take a big step forward with one foot.

Step 3. Lower your hips down until your front knee is bent at a 90-degree angle.

Step 4. Keep your weight on your front heel.

Step 5. Push off your front foot to return to a standing position.

Step 6. Repeat 10 times on each side.

For the Win: Do backward and side lunges. For backward lunges, take a big step backward, lower, and push off your back foot to return to standing. For side lunges, take a step out to the side, lower yourself on that side, and push back up from that foot to return to standing.

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