Considering cycling for knee pain?
Based on my experience I’d say it’s something you may want to take a serious look at.
I’ve been able to become pain free from this method of exercise after 3 major knee reconstructions in my early 20’s and then experiencing debilitating knee pain when I turned 49. More on my story below…
Whether you suffer from osteoarthritis, have had an injury or are experiencing pain after knee surgery, be aware that exercise plays a major role in treatment.
However, most knee pain sufferers avoid exercises to the detriment of their overall health.
And I fully understand!
Your knee is hurting…the urge to avoid exercise and activities is high…but this can lead to more pain and even weight gain.
Cycling for knee pain is a great option because it’s a lower-impact aerobic-type activity.
Factors That Contribute To Knee Pain
Your knee is more vulnerable to injuries and pain because it’s more structured than other body joints. It’s also the joint that bears your body weight. Factors that contribute to knee injury/pain include:
- An unusual motion
- Degenerative conditions, including arthritis
- An abnormal joint structure
- Sports injury
- Car acciden
Benefits of Cycling for Knee Pain
There are several benefits you can get from cycling with the aim of relieving your knee pain. They include the following:
It helps strengthen the muscles at the front of your thighs. These muscles are known as the quadriceps and their main function is to protect your knees.
The stronger muscles resulting from cycling stabilize your knees and this in return enhances their ability to absorb shock. This helps reduce damage and pain.
Cycling also helps reduce twisting or rotational torque of the knee joint.
Additionally, it’s helpful in lubricating the knee joints, suppressing pain and reducing swelling.
I do want to make mention that it’s important to consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Selecting Your Bike
You might discover that a recumbent bike is more comfortable for you.
It comes with wider seats and supportive back rests. Unlike a “normal” bike, it’s a bit easier to get up into your seat with a recumbent bicycle.
Ensure that your bike has foot straps. They will help distribute work between your hamstrings and quadriceps.
But Don’t Folks GET Knee Pain from Cycling?
Yes, this can happen. However, the reality is that cycling knee injuries or pain usually result from:
- Trying to do too much right away/avoiding the need to work up to it
- Using the wrong bike or not properly “fitting” the bike to their body & range of motion
Even though cycling is effective at relieving knee pain it can possibly result in more injury if you have improper form or try to do too much at once.
So, obviously, take it easy in the beginning!
Fitting Your Body to Your Bicycle
I mentioned above that I’m now pain free. I suffered greatly back when I was 49 and was met with chronic knee pain, let me tell you.
I had developed arthritis, my orthopedic surgeon tried Synovist injections but the pain remained so I finally did total knee replacement surgery. After the surgery, I developed scar tissue (arthrofibrosis) in my knee joint, which severely limited my range of motion.
My first physical therapist cautioned me that I may not regain enough range of motion to walk stairs, so I found another p.t. who was more positive but after a month he sadly died of a heart attack.
Determined to feel normal and frustrated from ‘rocking back and forth on pedals’ I finally worked with an inventor/ manufacturer and the result was a product named Ortho-Pedal and today I’m pain free and able to ride my bike again!
The Ortho-Pedal allows you to fit yourself perfectly to your bicycle so range of motion improves, strength increases and pain is lessened. No more ‘rocking back and forth’!
When I started I could barely ride in my driveway. Two months later I was making the 1500-foot climb up Blue Mountain. Six months into it I was at 100 degrees flexion/0 degrees extension after starting out at 65 degrees flexion/10 degrees extension.
Do I believe in cycling for knee pain? You bet!
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