Could you benefit from a bike fit evaluation?

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

Overuse Injuries

Cycling is a great endurance sport, which is relatively easy on your joints.  Overuse injuries are less prevalent in cycling than in running, but they can and do occur, particularly in the hands/wrists, spine, hip, knee, and lower leg. Overuse injuries occur when there is repetitive motion and/or stress over a period of time.  In cycling, for example the knee flexes and extends >5,000 times during a 1 hour ride.  So, if your bike isn’t at the optimal set-up, your knee could undergo asymmetrical stresses.  These asymmetrical stresses can lead to irritation of the tissues of the knee leading to pain, and if not treated properly, ultimately lead to lasting disability (i.e. the inability to bike without pain).

Thank you to our patients who share their success stories with us.  The following update is from a Bozeman patient of ours who recently completed rehab with Jason following knee surgery.    After her surgery and rehab, she completed demanding hikes in the Highland Mary Lakes and Grand Turk regions in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.  She writes to Jason "...Again, my thanks for your persistence and ability to prescribe what was needed."    Congratulations to D.H. for taking on these demanding long-distance hikes with elevations up to 12,400 feet!  May her inspiring endeavor be an inspiration to others and especially, you, as well!

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