Cycling is known to be great for a cardiovascular workout in addition to being (typically) low stress on joints. So, are there cycling injuries that Physical Therapy can address? Yes! Acute injuries can happen just like in a contact sport when crashes occur. While crashes may not happen often, they do happen and a Physical Therapist can assist you with recovery from sprains and strains to fractures and surgery. Much more common are cycling injuries that occur from overuse. These may present as pain or numbness during your ride. Perhaps you experience it during the entire ride or maybe it builds overtime. Common issues include a stiff neck, low back pain, arm or wrist pain, knee pain, hamstring injuries and Iliotibial Band Syndrome. Don’t try to pedal through the pain! Contact us Feldman Physical Therapy and Performance for a full evaluation by our Doctors of Physical Therapy. We will assess strength and mobility, determine if additional tests are needed and get a jump start on the best plan to begin recovery.
Some cycling-related injuries may only require ice and rest, others will require rehabilitation. Though we hope to avoid surgery with Physical Therapy, it may be required with severe injuries. Physical Therapy is integral for both rehab and prehab. There is no set timeline for recovery but, working with a Physical Therapist can certainly help speed it up. At Feldman Physical Therapy and Performance, you will experience one on one treatment with a Doctor of Physical Therapy to create a personalized plan that gets you meeting and even exceeding your goals with fewer visits. The immediate goals are to reduce pain and swelling. As rehabilitation progresses, you can expect cycling physical therapy exercises to improve range of motion, strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility.