Chiropractic Care After a Bike Accident
There are many causes behind bike accidents, and all of them can lead to serious injury, due to the vulnerable nature of bike riders. Whether you have been in an accident with an intoxicated driver or suffered a solo crash in the rain, the repercussions can be great, with the pain being both immediate and lasting. However, chiropractic care is an excellent way to cope with both the aftermath and ongoing effects of your bicycle accident. Let’s take a look at some of the most common bike accident injuries, as well as the ways that chiropractic care can help you recover from them.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
- Evaluate your back and spine after the accident
- Help restore the range of motion in your body
- Assist you in dealing with chronic pain
Emotional trauma is also a large problem in any accident, and chiropractic care can help you through this, as self-care is an important aspect of dealing with severe trauma. The team at BeachView Chiropractic see people working through the post-crash emotions on a regular basis, and are always ready and willing to show you that everything will be alright, and that your health can be regained.
- Neck/Back: This includes tightness in the neck and lower back pain, as well as piriformis syndrome, which is when the piriformis muscle cramps, pressing on the sciatic nerve and causing buttock pain or sciatica.
- Shoulder: This includes AC joint sprains and clavicle (shoulder or collar bone) fractures.
- Hand/Wrist/Forearm: This includes numbness and pain, as well as elbow dislocation, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow, which also applies to cyclists), ulnar neuropathy, Cyclist’s Palsy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Foot: This includes numbness and tingling, as well as plantar fasciitis in the heel and arch pain.
- Knee/Leg: This includes Cyclist’s Knee (Patellofemoral syndrome), patella and quadriceps tendonitis, medial plica syndrome and iliotibial band friction, which either affect the kneecaps or outer knees. This also includes Achilles tendonitis and thigh and hip flexor strain.
- Muscles: This includes soreness that lasts and goes away in 24 hours and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that lasts longer than 24 hours.
Cyclists have also reported improvement in respiration, range of motion, heart rate variability, muscle strength and overall athletic ability with chiropractic care. Studies have also shown that chiropractic for cyclists can improve neurocognitive functions such as reaction time and information processing, which are both good for anyone on a bicycle.
Many of these injuries can be caused by overuse, falls, improper techniques, faulty or no protective gear or an improperly fitted bicycle. To prevent them here are some tips:
- Always stretch before a ride.
- Make sure your bike is properly fitted to you. Everyone has a different arm length, leg size and posture; try out several bikes of different sizes to determine which frame size and other features are a good fit.
- Adjust your seat height so it’s not too low or high.
- Knees should be aligned with your feet when riding.
- Use the entire pedal stroke completely to avoid pointed toes and fatigued and cramped calves.
- Avoid hunching your shoulders.
- Adjust your handle grip frequently and avoid grasping too tightly.
- Don’t constantly tilt your head to one side.
- Stay hydrated.
Don’t let pain from cycling injuries prevent you from enjoying your favorite leisure activities. Contact BeachView Chiropractic Center to learn more about the options available to you!