Bicycling With Wrist Pain

Bicycling With Wrist Pain
If bicycling causes pain in your wrists, you may be suffering from a problem caused by the angle of the saddle or your own posture when riding. The angle of your wrists and carpal tunnel syndrome may also cause pain or problems in your wrists. Changing the way you ride and incorporating braces will help when bicycling with wrist pain.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wrist brace(s)
 
Step 1
Wear a wrist or hand brace when bicycling and if you experience pain in both wrists, use a brace on both hands. The braces change the angle of your wrists and help reduce the amount of pressure placed on the joints and muscles from regular activity. Make sure you wear the proper size braces for your hands.
Step 2
Practice proper posture when riding your bike. A good way to check your posture is to practice in front of a mirror or alternatively, ask a friend to grade your posture. Poor posture, especially bad upper body posture, can result in pain caused by the wrists absorbing too much pressure on your rides.
Step 3
Reduce the amount of padding used on the handlebars and grips of your bike. When you have several layers of padding on your handlebars and grips, you may experience a problem known as a "two bump," where your fingers form a bump in between. This results in severe wrist pain and may cause pain in your fingers, as well.
Step 4
Change the angle of your seat. If the angle of your seat is too low, it causes your body to move forward gently. You may not even realize it until you start pushing yourself back into place. However, the constant and repetitive motion of pushing your body with your hands may cause pain in your wrists.
Step 5
Adjust the angles of your wrists as the wrists relate to the handlebars. When you practice improper posture, it puts undue pressure on your wrists and in turn causes wrist pain. Using a brace may help, but you'll also need to change the way you relate and position your wrists and handlebars.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
If you experience frequent wrist pain or notice that the pain is worsening, seek medical attention. You may have a more serious problem that isn't solved by changing the way you ride.
 
Ensure that you're riding a bike that fits your body size. If your bike is even a little bit too big or too small, it changes the way you ride and use your body and can result in wrist pain and even injury.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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