Cycling Injuries

Cycling involves as many as 5,000 revolutions an hour in the peddle cycle. When the tissue in the body is repetitively stressed in this way, injury occurs.

Common Injuries From Cycling

Over 95% of cyclists report having experienced an overuse injury at some point.

These injuries do not just occur in the legs. Your neck, lower back, knee, groin, buttocks or hands can all be damaged through cycling. At Sheffield Physiotherapy we take you, your bike and your training into account when diagnosing and clinically reasoning why your pain has started.

Neck/Back Pain

Due to being constantly being at an unnatural position whilst sitting or standing on a bicycle can cause a stiff or painful neck and back.

Knee Pain

This is pain in and around the knee joint. Knee pain is most commonly caused by arthritic changes or ligament injuries of the knee. Pain is usually worse when the knee is active. Pain and swelling may reduce the mobility of the knee joint.

Low Back Pain

Repetitive arching or twisting can put a lot of pressure on the spine. Pain may present in a dull ache in the back, with or without pain in the buttocks. Muscles in the back can spasm and tighten, making it difficult to move.

How Can Physiotherapy Help Cycling Injuries?

If your bike, training and biomechanics are not working together properly, then you will eventually experience an injury. Contact our specialist Physio consultants for advice on your training and biomechanics. If you do become injured there are many ways we can help you. We can provide physiotherapy services to reduce pain and swelling and strengthen your joints and muscles.

How Can I Prevent Cycling Injuries?

The bio-mechanics of a person are just as important for cycling performance as the mechanics of a bike. Both bicycle and person must work together harmoniously to prevent injury. We carefully assess the alignment of your skeletal structure, your range of and your muscular strength. Often when these deviate from ‘normal’ the body moves into undesirable positions and macro trauma begins to develop.

Your training methods may be contributing to your pain. Typically, pain coincides with recent changes in your training. If you increase your distance, inclines, or your pedal cadence too suddenly then you will begin to notice new pain or injury. We will discuss training with you to help you avoid injury or overuse.

How Can I Help Myself?

  • Take Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory medication (NSAID).
  • Elevate the area.
  • Rest.
  • Put an ice pack on the area.
  • Give the area a gentle massage
  • Try and gently stretch the joint.
  • Compress the area with a bandage.

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