The hazards of biking
We would like to take a look at some of the more common day-to-day motorbike injuries. And hopefully, give some pointers on how best to deal with them.
Of course, all riders are aware of the potential for serious injury. But fingers crossed, if you have enough experience, you can vastly minimize the risk of these happening.
There are still some injuries that we see, however, that can be a real nuisance. And it’s important they are dealt with properly.
Some common motorbike injuries
Some of the more minor injuries happen when you come off at slower speeds. At the time of writing, we are entering the early part of autumn.
The roads tend to get gradually slippier. Not only do we get more rain, and occasionally ice, but wet leaves can also become a skid hazard.
Often, coming off your bike at slower speeds can cause its own problems. Because you have more time to react, you’ll often stretch out your arm to break your fall.
This, in turn, can lead to issues such as strained or broken wrists, broken collar bones or dislocated shoulders.
Alternatively, you may try to lessen the impact of the fall by stretching out your leg. In this instance, it can cause problems such as groin strain, sprained ankles or ligament problems in the knee.
Dealing with biking injuries
There are really two stages to dealing with the majority of injuries listed above. The first stage involves dealing with the initial pain and discomfort of the injury.
The second stage, and just as important, is fully rehabilitating from the injury.
Let’s take, for example, the treatment of a dislocated shoulder. The first step is a reduction (relocating the bone) followed by ice-treatment in the immediate aftermath. After that, you would be required to rest the joint. You would also be required to immobilize the shoulder for at least 5 to 7 days. Painkillers and anti-inflammatories might help in this stage too.
However, a dislocated shoulder is one of those typical injuries that are likely to resurface if not fully rehabilitated. Over a number of weeks, you would be taken through a progressive process of mobilization, strengthening and functional rehabilitation of the shoulder.
Each stage is critical for a full recovery. And the timing and rate of progress are best monitored by a qualified professional such as a trained Physiotherapist or Osteopath.
The problem is, without the right guidance, many people don’t get the full course of treatment.
A final word
There are a wide variety of injuries you can get coming off your bike. And in the same way, there is wide choice of treatment styles available.
One of the beauties of a clinic like Perea Clinic is that we offer such a wide choice of treatments. What’s more, we can combine these different styles of treatment to design a package that is optimal for your needs.
So if you are unlucky enough to come off your bike, don’t take short cuts. Make sure you invest the time and effort to make a full and thorough recovery.