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Bike Right: Fix Cycling Neck and Back Pain

Posted Jul 10 2013 8:00am
Whether you spin your wheels indoor or outdoor, cycling is a great non-impact exercise. Yet, while this activity can make your knee and muscles happy, can make others not so happy. At times, cycling can be a literal pain in the neck and/or back. “Neck and back pain are common in cyclists because of the body’s positioning during riding,” says Chad Asplund, M.D., Eisenhower Army Medical Center, along with Charless Webb, D.O., and Thad Barkdull, M.D., in the article, “Neck and Back Pain in Bicycling” published in Current Sports Medicine Reports. Indeed, among recreational cyclists 44.2% of male and 54.9% of female seek treatment for neck pain, whereas around 30% for back pain, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. “As far as causes of neck and back pain in cyclists, bike position is the biggest factor, so this would apply to both spin bikes and/or road bikes,” explains Asplund. “Because spin classes are shorter—45 to 60 minutes than typical road rides—many people are able to get away with some bad positioning.” While bike position is important, you also need to screen muscle strength that stabilize the scapula—the shoulder blades—along with the lumbo-pelvis region. [...]
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