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TRIA Doctors Answer Your Cycling Questions

May 14, 2011

Knee pain is a common occurence this time of year. As the miles ramp up with the weather warming up, the tendency is to “over-do” the base mile training. Today, Dr. Anne Moore, CAQ, a sports medicine physician specializing in musculoskeletal primary care, assesses the solutions to cycling knee pain:

Knee pain which occurs with biking is often due to mechanical symptoms, involving both the bike itself and the biker. Proper bike fitting is critical in order to ensure the best alignment and limited load stress at the knee joint. Weakness through the core/pelvifemoral region can result in pain in the patellofemoral joint, tendons about the patella, or iliotibial band. While adequate training is necessary, physical therapy can be helpful to address musculoskeletal/biomechanical deficits. Although knee bracing can be helpful in the short run, physical therapy is more effective at fixing problems on a long term basis.

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June 11, 2010

Our latest entry deals with a common occurrence on long bike rides: pain in the upper back area. Cycling shouldn’t be a pain in the neck (or a pain in trapezius, either), so when these pains occur, it might be equipment or it might be musculoskeletal. For the answer to this question, we turned to Anne Moore, MD, CAQ, a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician at the TRIA Orthopaedic Center:

Symptoms of neck and trap issues while biking could be related to both musculoskeletal and equipment factors. If you are riding for a prolonged period of time in a constant position, muscles can become fatigued, sore and tight – sometimes even spasm. This is simply due to inadequate motion of the myotendinous (muscle/tendon) complex. However, if your bike does not fit you correctly, this can also precipitate symptoms. Inappropriate handle bar height, distance, or tilt, as well as incorrect seat positioning, can ultimately result in upper extremity strain/pain. You may want to consider a formal bike fitting to assess for positioning errors. Changing upper body positioning and stretching while you ride will also help reduce neck and upper trap symptoms.

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