Health Night Out: It Only Hurts When I Play Pickleball

Dr. Steven Ward

Health Night Out features Dr. Steven Ward on Monday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in the DesertView Theatre. Dr. Ward specializes in sports medicine and treats shoulders, knees, and ankles with operative and nonoperative approaches. He also assesses hips and hands and treats with arthroscopy, arthroplasty, and revision surgery, as well as nonsurgical approaches.

When Dr. Ward asked if anyone at SaddleBrooke played pickleball, the answer was an emphatic yes. Yes, there are people who play pickleball at SaddleBrooke. While his areas of expertise are broad, he will focus on preventing and treating pickleball injuries. Dr. Ward will be glad to address other issues you may bring to the program.

His treatment philosophy is not to treat the X-ray or MRI but, rather, to use them as tools to treat the whole person. He believes it is important to listen and evaluate to understand symptoms and needs while tailoring a specific treatment plan.

Dr. Ward completed his medical education at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Nevada and did his orthopedic residency at Millcreek Hospital in Erie, Pa.

His experience includes taking care of Air Force and Army active duty and veterans in Fairbanks, Alaska. Prior to becoming an orthopedic surgeon, he started his career as an orderly, progressed to becoming a scrub tech, and then eventually a registered nurse. These positions gave him a deep understanding and appreciation of the work done by support staff. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Learn more about preventing and treating sports injuries, especially those faced by pickleball players. Health Night Out will be held in the DesertView Theatre on Monday, June 26, at 7 p.m. Health Night Out is a long-term program of SaddleBrooke’s health and wellness initiatives.