Topics:

Numbness in Hands of Cyclists

Numbness in Hands of Cyclists

If patients complain of numbness and weakness of one or both hands, ask if they regularly ride a bicycle. These symptoms can be caused by continued handlebar pressure on the ulnar nerve where is enters the palm under the flexor retinaculum. Treatment and prevention are the same: Tell patients to buy a pair of cycling gloves that have extra padding on the palmar area and to cover the bicycle handlebars with padded tape or foam handlebar covers. A visit to a cyclist shop that performs fittings might help too; a shift in seat height or handlebar positioning can change the pressure points. Also, advise patients to change hand position frequently when taking long rides.

Click here for more useful tips…

 
Loading comments...
Please Wait 20 seconds or click here to close