The health benefits of cycling are well documented. It can increase cardiovascular fitness, improve muscle strength and flexibility, decrease stress levels, strengthen bones, and best of all, it can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep those unwanted kilos at bay, but recurring cycling injuries are common amongst cyclists, with an estimated 50 per cent of all riders experiencing pain at some stage during their lives.
While cycling pain can be caused by a variety of different issues, a poor fitting bike is the most common cause of injury. If you intend to cycle regularly, it is important to have your bike ‘fitted’ by a professional, who will adjust your saddle post, handle bars, and pedals to suit your body. This will not only improve your riding technique, but it will also promote a more enjoyable, healthier ride.
Treating Common Cycling Injuries
When it comes to treating your cycling injury, there are many different options available. You could try resting for a few days to reduce inflammation, treat the affected area with ice packs or heat packs to ease swelling, or you may need to buy codeine online or other painkillers to help you get back on your feet.
Commonly prescribed to treat the symptoms of ‘overuse’ cycling injuries, Codeine is a powerful opiate painkiller, otherwise referred to as an analgesic, which works by combining opioid receptors in the central nervous system to reduce pain signals sent to the brain and spinal cord. When combined with other painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, it can be used to treat a wide range of common cycling injuries, so that cyclists can get back on their bike and enjoy the ride
The 5 Most Common Cycling Injuries
Lower Back Pain: Perhaps the most common cycling injury of all, lower back pain can be caused by a poor fitting bike and by not warming up sufficiently before heading out for a ride. While symptoms can generally be relieved with painkillers, prevention is always better than cure, and so warm up from head to toe, make sure your seat post and handle bars are in the correct position, and remember to loosen your grip and relax your shoulders as you ride.
Achilles Tendonitis: Generally caused by overuse of the calf muscles, Achilles Tendonitis is a painful cycling injury that could keep you off your bike for weeks. The easiest way to avoid this type of injury is to ensure that you have comfortable cycling shoes, that your cleats are correctly aligned, and that your saddle is at the right height. Millimetres can make a massive difference here, and if your seat is too high, your toes will point downwards, and your calf muscles will contract continuously causing this common condition.
Sprains & Strains: When we cycle, our knees, ankles, shoulders and wrists are prone to strains and sprains. Again, posture and cycling position plays a huge role here, and if you are not riding in the correct position, you are more like to suffer from this type of cycling injury. More severe conditions, such as AC (acromioclavicular) joint sprains can take weeks, or even months to heal, but they are generally caused by falls rather than riding position, so avoid those potholes at all costs!
Saddle Sores: If you ride over long distances, chances are, you have already experienced the pain and discomfort of saddle sores. Commonly caused by an ill-fitting saddle and / or cycling shorts, it occurs when there is a build-up of moisture from sweat and a reduction in blood flow, which, when combined with a constant pedalling motion, leads to friction between your saddle and your bottom.
Muscle Tightness: A common cycling injury that both professionals and hobby cyclists will experience at some stage in their life, muscle tightness generally affects the calves, hamstrings, shoulders and neck. The only way to avoid this is by warming up before every ride, and making sure that you cool down afterwards with plenty of stretching exercises. A foam roller can help ease any built up muscle tension and reduce tightness in the affected areas, but as with most cycling injuries, muscle tightness can be avoided by simply preparing your body for the ride ahead.