Bike fitness and injuries

Last month saw Bike Week  –  launch to encourage people to become more active and get out there on your bikes as a family or a group of friends or on your own. There are so many benefits to your physical and mental health.

We deal with the other side, when there is an injury so you can keep exercising.

Common injuries 

Back pain – overuse, not being bike fit and having the wrong set up on the bike can all cause back pain. – we commonly see cyclists and we understand the forces and biomechanics of the problems and presentations and can confidently help you back to full health. 

Neck pain – often seen more in people who road ride – travelling with your body arched over and neck in full extension so you can see stresses the neck. Treatment will deal with the sore joints, but also a change of seating posture on the bike can really help, raising the front stem or using more upright bars rather than the drop style will help keep you out of this extreme position. 

Knee pain – cycling can bring on niggles which have been in the background, commonly the knee cap (patella) may be moving out of alignment causing pain  behind the knee cap. Patella tendonitis can also occur or lateral (on the side) from the ITB rubbing. There are many conditions which present and we will deal with them by assessing your biomechanics and working out what the cause of your pain is and dealing with that to avoid reoccurrence. 

Hip pain – cycling is very good as it offers fantastic fitness benefits without putting stress through your joints, however hip problems do occur, you may have early arthritis in the hip which responds very well to mobilisation treatment. Impingement at the front aspect of the hip can often cause pain which can be addressed specifically to your presentation. 

To reduce the risk of cycling injuries:

Take these simple steps

  • Increase your training over time and to avoid straining muscles and joints which aren’t used to the exercise loading.
  • Vary your training – changing in loading will reduce the stress on individual areas and will lead to getting fit quicker. 
  • Listen to your body when you train, easing off when you feel worn out especially if you aren’t fully hydrated, that also means you can push hard when you feel strong. 
  • Ensure you bike fits you – you can get a bike fitting if you are doing serious mileage, if its just for exercise ensure your seat is set up, remember you’re not Bradley Wiggins and don’t need to be bent fully over to win the tour de Hampshire. An upright riding style removes a lot of the stresses. Ensure the reach on the bike is not overly long. 

Seek our advice at an early stage if you develop symptoms. We can address issues much quicker if you don’t let them develop into a chronic problem. 

Phillip Wilson is a very keen cyclist, with mountain biking his main passion, though he does have a  road bike which gets dusted off for special races. Understanding the demands and biomechanics of cycling helps him focus in and find the cause of your problem and the solution. 

Happy cycling

Call us on 01962 714979 to arrange an appointment.