If you are a seasoned cyclist or just someone who just enjoys cycling to work, it doesn’t matter, there will be something of value in this blog for you.
The blog explains some of the most common muscle and joint injuries associated with cycling. Especially the type of injuries that aren’t related to crashes, collisions or falls. It will outline what to do when you have an injury, it will explain when you need to seek help, and it will help you with injury prevention.
There are potentially many different causes of injury. It can be down to lack of experience or environmental hazards; it can also be down to rider errors, lack of self-care, overuse, or inadequate equipment.
Shoulder injuries are common and mostly caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. However, they can also occur due to everyday activities such gardening and hanging curtains.
How do you know you have shoulder injuries? The most obvious sign is pain. Just like any other injury, if you are experiencing pain in shoulder you should consider the fact that you may have a shoulder injury. While pain can be a hallmark of shoulder injury, there are instances where injury is present without pain, particularly in chronic cases. Other signs and symptoms of shoulder injury include, but not limited to:
Stiffness. Is your shoulder stiff? Can you rotate your arm in all the normal positions?
Laxity. Does it feel like your shoulder could pop out or slide out of the socket?
Weakness. Do you lack the strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily activities?
Persistent tingling or numbness in your upper limb
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. It can affect the whole body, especially causing pain to the muscles and skeleton.
It is often accompanied by other functional symptoms such as fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Although the cause is unknown, there is some agreement on three main factors that come together to trigger it. These are genetics, trauma (Physical or Emotional), and infections.
Researchers have come to believe that fibromyalgia results from repeated nerve stimulation. This causes the brain to have abnormally high levels of certain signalling chemicals (neurotransmitters).
This, coupled with the memory and increased sensitivity that the brain’s pain receptors can cause, lead to a higher and longer reaction to pain signals.
The main risk factors for fibromyalgia are female gender (more women than men are affected).
Having a family history of the condition or rheumatoid arthritis also pose a threat.