If you are an avid bicyclist, you may be out on the road every day either for pleasure, cycling to and from work or training for the next race.
You have probably had your share of injuries, but you may continue riding in spite of them. The question is, would an issue like back or neck pain put you at risk while cycling?
Handling back pain
Lower back pain commonly results when you remain in the same position for some time. In cycling, your flexed position means that considerable stress goes through the spine. Continuing to ride with back pain can divert your attention and make you careless. Take the time to get sufficient rest. Stretch your back and hips. Seek professional help to address your symptoms.
Managing neck pain
Neck pain often means that the upper body is absorbing too much pressure. You may need to change the position of your handlebars. Make sure that they are not too low, as that would cause you to hyperextend in order to see what is ahead of you.
Seeing a doctor
Although by law bicyclists can share the road with vehicles, many car-bicycle crashes occur because the driver states he “did not see” the rider. This kind of accident can cause devastating injuries for the bicyclist, or, at the very least, painful and long-lasting neck or back issues. If you should sustain injuries from an accident, prompt medical attention is essential. If a negligent driver causes the crash, you have the right to expect compensation to cover current and future medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and more.