Cycling and its popularity has exploded over the last few years and it is now the 4th most popular exercise based hobby after the gym, running and swimming. With this increase in participation we have seen an increase in injuries and pain related complaints here at DBC Physiotherapy Naas that are related to cycling. In this article we will discuss a few of the more popular injuries and complaints that are experienced by cyclists
Most common issues experienced by cyclists can be treated, and avoided, with home-care exercises and physiotherapy. We’ve rounded up the most common pain and issues suffered by cyclists and there cause.
Knee Pain – The most common pain experienced by cyclists is anterior knee pain, pain at the front of the knee just below the kneecap, and pain on the inside or outside of the knee joint. The cause of this pain can be a number of things from tight muscles, poor posture, poor foot position and/or overuse. A thorough assessment from a qualified physiotherapists can get to the bottom of this pain and have you back on the bike in no time.
Back/Neck Pain – As a cyclist it is common to spend long periods of time in one position carrying out a repetitive motion. This can lead to problems if there is an underlying weakness of the postural muscles, similar to sitting at a desk for a prolonged period of time. Postural muscle can be quick to fatigue and when this happens our body begins to compensate causing us to sit in positions that put extra load on our back and neck. By attending a physiotherapist we can work on these postural muscles and alleviate the stress that has been placed on your back.
Wrist Pain/Numbness – There are two conditions that are common within the wrist/hand in cyclists, these two conditions are called Cyclists Palsy and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Cyclists palsy would present as numbness, tingling or pain across the pinkie finger side of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome has the same symptoms but you will feel them on the palm of the hand and towards the thumb. There can be a range of factors that may cause this ranging from limb position, mobility, length and strength of the muscles of the upper limb, this is a problem that it is important to consult a physiotherapists and shouldn’t be left to develop as it will get worse and can become quite debilitating
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