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The joy of cycling comes from a love of fresh air, good exercise and enjoyment of the sights along the road. Unfortunately, after a cycling injury the pleasure of getting on a bike and enjoying the freedom of the ride is overtaken by pain and discomfort. The good news is that latest sports injury healing techniques are designed to quickly identify the type of injury and apply the appropriate treatment.
Many cyclists experience leg cramps after spending long hours on a bicycle. The muscles repeatedly pump and contract, causing stiffness and an aching feeling. If the condition is chronic and hinders the ability to enjoy a ride, physiotherapy can bring relief.
Some cycling injuries occur as the result of climbing steep elevations. In some cases this can be prevented by ensuring that appropriate gears are selected and that the bike is suited for elevated terrain. You should check the seat height and handlebar levels are suitable. But even with the proper equipment, warm up and stretching routines, injuries may still occur. The knee area receives stress from weight bearing pressure and could sustain significant injury.
Some of the most serious cycling injuries involve trauma to the back and spinal cord. Particularly on a long ride, a cyclist may be hunched over the handlebars for long periods of time. Add this to a sudden bump in the road and the entire back region experiences a jolt. Good posture may help prevent some of the strain but physiotherapy is the best cure for back injuries. In many cycling injuries, back and spinal cord problems are some of the most painful and chronic conditions.
Warming up before a ride and taking precautions to not over-stress the body are important practices to prevent injuries. But if an injury occurs, the professional staff at Oakridge Physiotherapy in Vancouver have the expertise, knowledge and equipment to treat cycling injuries. We start by identifying the specific injury and advise you about the optimum treatment, discussing all options and the length of time required for successful rehabilitation. The aim is to quickly get you back on your bike and return to the road.
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