Cycling Can Take a Toll on Your Wrist

Carpal Tunnel, wrist painA couple of months ago, I began training for my first triathlon. I enthusiastically got on my bike and was ready to take on the world. I rode almost every day for 2 weeks until I noticed my left wrist started to hurt. As a chiropractor, I diagnosed what was wrong as the beginnings of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel, which is generally felt as pain on the inside of your wrist with occasional numbness or tingling in your first 3 fingers, is caused by inflammation where your nerve (the median nerve) crosses from your forearm to your wrist. Cycling can put your wrist into a position of extension as you grab the handlebars.

Over a prolonged period of time, this extension can pull on your nerve, eventually producing inflammation and causing the pain you feel. Even though I’m new to the cycling/triathlon world, I realized quickly how common this is. Every time I would mention to a cyclist I have wrist pain, immediately they would say, “Carpal Tunnel?”

I have had to adjust my hand position to take the stretch off the nerve. This had helped alleviate some pain, but typically a soft tissue technique like Active Release Technique or Graston Technique is needed to break down any adhesions or scar tissue built up in that area. This will speed up the healing process now and help prevent injury in the future.

So for any cyclists out there, the easiest advice I can give is to try to get your wrist in as much of a neutral position as possible. Limit as many write extensions as possible. Also, look for a chiropractor in your area that does Active Release or Graston Technique.

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dr josh bross maryland chiropractor

Dr. Bross is the owner of Elite Chiropractic and Sport. He serves as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His unique approach to individualized patient care is based on the evaluation and treatment of the “whole” person.

Dr. Bross is a leader in the promotion of health and wellness. He has accumulated an extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal and nutritional components of the human body. He is skilled in the Graston Technique, Active Release Technique, and Sports Medicine.

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