Sciatica in cyclists

15/06/2016


With the summer cyclosportiv and other bike events looming, race preparation is well under way for many. Piriformis syndrome is a common cycling injury which effects cyclists during training. Piriformis syndrome can cause sciatica or sciatic symptoms; pain or pins and needles in the back of the leg, calf and/or shin.
This type of sciatica is caused by a quirk of anatomy in the hip. Deep in the buttock the sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis muscle. If the piriformis tightens it can squeeze the sciatic nerve, causing pain and pins and needles.The repetition of peddling, a poorly set up bike or a biomechanical weakness in your body may bring on this condition.
Treatmentment for piriformis syndrome depends on the cause. You may need to have your bike set up checked through your local bike shop or perhaps modify your training program. Our Osteopaths at the Trinity Practice will be able to assess your bio-mechanics and treat you by setting exercises and improving the muscle and joint movement and function.
In the short term a basic piriformis stretch may help to ease the symptoms.
If you would like a more in depth assessment call the Trinity Practice 01747851726

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