Don’t stop riding, but find a way to do it well and stay comfortable. You often hear how good cycling is for you, but you needn’t endure unnecessary pain or discomfort in your joints whilst doing it!
What falls into this category?
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Neck/lumbar facet sprains
- Muscle strains
- Shoulder, knee or hip injury
- Fractures (from falls)
- Elbow or wrist sprain or injuries
What are the symptoms?
- Tingling in arms
- Pain or stiffness
- Aching in lower back or hips
- Catching or pinching sensation
When should I get treatment?
If you are experiencing persistent or worsening pains for over a few weeks. It’s best to seek help earlier rather than later to avoid potentially making things harder for yourself in the long run! Even more so, it usually means less layoff time and we will try to avoid getting you off the bike as much as possible!
What treatments help?
It actually heavily depends on your issue for this, but it’s worth asking the question. Typically we’ll aim to reduce the load for your problem, and strengthen it to prevent it being an ongoing issue, but it may include some of the following:
- Manual therapy (eg. massage, stretching etc)
- Exercise prescription (better endurance, power or generalised core stability)
- Plyometrics use for serious riders
- Postural management
- Bike setup for less strain through neck and shoulders
- Stretches (for hip, hammy and Low back flexibility)
- Yoga can be very beneficial too!