Physical Therapy for Bike Riders

The beginning of Spring can mean the beginning of warmer weather, which many people will take advantage of by going outside and going for a bike ride. Bike riding is a great way to get around, exercise, or simply get out and do something fun. No matter what kind of bike you ride though, there is always a chance that you will develop pain or possibly have an injury due to a crash or fall. Physical therapy can be a vital resource in any pain you suffer while cycling. Some common symptoms to look out for are neck pain from looking over your shoulder, shoulder pain, low back pain from sitting on the bike seat for prolonged periods of time, knee pain from pedaling, and ankle or foot pain. Icing these areas and taking anti-inflammatory pills may reduce the pain temporarily, but it will not fix the problem. A physical therapist can strengthen and stretch these areas so that they become stronger and cause little to no pain when you start cycling again. They can perform tissue mobilization and therapeutic ultrasound as means of toughening the muscles and healing them. A few things that may also be affecting you is the bike itself. Chances are the bike is too big or too small for you, making riding uncomfortable. Another thing to keep in mind is to always have a neutral spine alignment when riding, which means your back should be in a straight line from your shoulders to your hips and not slouched.  If you are a bike rider and plan on going out more for the spring, utilize physical therapy treatment if you need it.

Dr. Nima Patel

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