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Common Cycling Injuries

Common Cycling Injuries


Cycling injuries are an unfortunate part of most rider’s relationship with their bike. Some people are more prone than others, but most cyclists will find themselves unable to cycle due to injury at some stage. While impact injuries are the cause of the pain for some, more often than not it is overuse injuries as a result of the repetitive nature of the pursuit that are more common. Minor injuries can be treated at home with rest and taking a break from the saddle, but more serious and reoccurring injuries simply need to be seen to by an experienced professional. The increasing popularity of the sport has seen an increase in injuries but it must be remembered that whether you are a novice cyclist or someone who takes the pursuit more seriously, it is important to make sure that you prepare properly when cycling, from proper posture, to making sure your bike is the right fit.

Most Common Cycling Injuries:

  1. Sciatica – This is pain which stems from the sciatic nerve, beginning at the spinal cord and running down through the buttock and down the back of each leg. Sciatic pain can be dull or it may be experienced as a sudden shooting pain which can render movement difficult. A course of physiotherapy can help with relieving pressure on the nerve, correcting posture and easing pain. Your physiotherapist can work with you to relieve the symptoms, which can arise from long periods of cycling when you are hunched over and seated in the same position. Physiotherapy can also help ease the pressure you put on your spine while cycling and can alleviate lower back pain.
  2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This occurs as a result of compression of the median nerve at the wrist. Some cyclists suffer as a result of the pressure exerted when holding bicycle handlebars. They may experience tingling, numbness or weakness in the hand. Sufferers may also feel pain and a swelling sensation. Your chartered physiotherapist can help in a range of ways from gliding exercises to massage, among others.
  3. Tendonitis –  More often than not, this is an overuse injury that results in chronic pain of the tendon, often the Achilles in cyclists. Thankfully there are a number of approaches your physiotherapist can take to relieve symptoms. Research has shown the best treatment is a progressive loading programme that you physiotherapist can prescribed to suit your individual needs.
  4. Groin Strain – This can occur from overuse of the muscles which run from the front of the hip to the inner thigh. Physiotherapy is well recognised as beneficial in the treatment of groin injuryGentle resistance exercises and stretching, followed by long term strengthening can speed up recovery.

Rather than ignore the first signs of a developing injury, it is recommended to visit a physiotherapist if you are experiencing any pain. Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, we have a team of chartered physiotherapists to assist you if you have suffered a cycling related injury. Our sports specialists Dave and Olive are trained in treating a wide range of sports related injuries and in addition can offer assessments such as functional training to evaluate your training concerns. To book an appointment, please contact the clinic here.

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