Jun 11, 2015
Outdoor cycling, whether on-road or mountain biking, is growing in popularity as both a recreational and competitive sport; and as a result cycling-related injuries are becoming more common. According to the AAOS, in 2010, bruises and minor cuts were the leading types of injuries involving bicycles, followed by fractures, muscle strains, and sprains. However, serious injuries, including death, do occur.
Many common cycling injuries impact the lower extremity and wrists; however biking can cause back and neck pain. Most Injuries are caused by a combination of inadequate preparation, inappropriate equipment, poor technique and overuse. Common reasons for suffering neck and back pain during or after cycling include:
Some tips to help prevent back or neck Injuries from biking include:
Should you be hurt while biking, immediately assess the injury. If it is life threating, immediately call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department. If the injury is non-life threatening, see your doctor as soon as possible or visit SOS PLUS After Hours Care, a walk-in orthopedic medical clinic that treats patients of all ages with acute orthopedic conditions requiring immediate attention. SOS Plus has two locations, at 5719 Widewaters Parkway in Dewitt and 5000 West Seneca Turnpike in Onondaga Hill. Hours for both locations are weekdays 5 pm – 8:30 pm, and weekends 10 am – 2 pm.
For minor injuries, nonsurgical management may include rest, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injection, reducing in training intensity, orthotics, night splints, or physical therapy. The experts at SOS Plus or your orthopedic surgeon will make the best treatment plan for individual patients.
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