Physiotherapist, Tobias Bremer answers reader’s questions including this one on diagnosing lower back ache among cyclists.
Q. My lower back aches after cycling. Why, and what can I do about it? Paul Hyde, by email
A. Obviously the first port of call has to be a correct bike set up but most cyclist a very clued up about this and I am presuming you are too! An analysis on elite cyclists by Callaghan and Jarvis (1996) suggests that quite a few niggles cyclists get are due to their activities outside of cycling. Therefore, have a look at your gym routine. Could this be optimised? Or do you need one? Are you lifting with the correct technique? Also what other sports do you do? Are they the reason for your back pain? What do you do after the ride? Cool down or slouch on the sofa? I think analysing all of these aspects and optimising them will get rid of your back pain in no time at all! Good luck!
Expert: Tobias Bremer, clinical director, Physio Clinic Brighton, physioclinicbrighton.co.uk
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