Bicycling is a great way to stay in shape and in many ways is a “low impact” exercise. If you are just taking up bicycling as your post-pandemic sport of choice, it is important to remember that bicycling can increase strain on the low back or on the neck. Back strengthening exercises are important in conjunction with your bicycling routine in order to prevent injury. Fortunately, there are great advances that can make your new hobby more comfortable for you, especially if you suffer from chronic back pain.
If you are riding your bike over rough terrain or over long distances, increased jarring and compression can occur affecting the discs in the spine, which can also cause back pain. In order to prevent back pain or injuries when bicycling it is important to choose the best bicycle for your purpose. When choosing a bicycle, getting the advice of an experienced rider or a professional bicycle shop can ensure that you have the best bike for your body and your riding style.
Remember when riding that the pulling component with your legs is just as important as a pushing component! Following these tips and making sure you have the proper equipment can help you get great exercise and have fun while minimizing your chance for injuries.
Dr. Christopher Good is a double board certified spine surgeon and the President of Virginia Spine Institute. Established as a world expert in the field, Dr. Good has pioneered the use of robotics, navigation, and augmented reality (AR) in spine surgery. He performed the first two-level disc replacement in Metro DC, Maryland, and Virginia region, and continues to evolve motion-enhancing procedures for patients suffering from neck and back conditions. Dr. Good has been named “Top Doctor” consistently over the past decade. Learn more about Dr. Christopher Good.