I stepped on a pickleball court three years ago and immediately became addicted. I had always played with some thumb pain, but last winter it got so bad that I couldn’t even grab a ball. My left thumb had developed big bone spurs and I could barely bend it. I went to see Dr. Verheyden and he recommended surgery to remove the bone spurs and rebuild the tendon. Six weeks after surgery, I was back on the pickleball courts playing again, pain free.