Pain from  Improper Bike Fit

Pain from Improper Bike Fit


What Is Pain from Improper Bike Fit?

It’s frustrating when the sport you love causes discomfort. As a bicyclist, you may experience knee pain, shoulder pain or lower back pain – all because of improper bike fit.

Riding a bike should feel natural and not put added stress on your body. If riding a bike causes discomfort, the problem could be how your bike fits you.

At Aurora Health Care, we offer expert sports medicine care and a special bike fitting service to help you ride in comfort. Many times, small adjustments to your bike, along with simple treatments, can make all the difference.

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Relieving Pain from Improper Bike Fit

Our sports medicine experts are deeply committed to helping you spend more time doing the activities you enjoy. We’ll adjust your bike and treat any lingering symptoms, so you can fall in love with bicycling all over again.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Bike fitting services: Our bike fittings are different from what you get at most bike stores. Many of our physical therapists have completed training and received certification from BikePT, a comprehensive educational resource for physical therapists and bicycling enthusiasts. We combine knowledge of the way bodies move (body mechanics) with bike fitting expertise to help bicyclists of all levels stay comfortable in the saddle. Read more about our Bike Fit Program.
  • Convenient access to sports medicine care: When you’re in pain, we don’t keep you waiting. Free injury evaluations are often available within one business day. You can also see one of our specially trained physical therapists without a doctor’s referral if your insurance allows it. Get sports health care.
  • Coordinated care: As an integrated health system, we offer the specialized care you need in a single, coordinated program. Our doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers communicate with each other to help you get the best possible care. In fact, many of our teams have been working together for years. We know exactly how to collaborate when it comes to your health and progress – so you can spend less time at appointments and more time on your bike. Meet our sports health team.

Types of Pain

Types of Pain From Improper Bike Fit

Riding a bike that does not fit your body can cause many types of pain, including:

  • Knee pain: Poor bike fit puts added stress on your knees, which can lead to knee pain.
  • Shoulder pain: When your handlebars are too high or too far of a reach, you may experience shoulder pain.
  • Wrist pain: Having your handlebars in the wrong position can cause wrist pain.
  • Lower back pain: A seat that is too high or a bike frame that is too big can cause lower back pain.
  • Foot pain and ankle pain: Pedals that are not in the right position can put extra pressure on your feet, causing foot pain and ankle pain.
  • Neck pain: A seat that is too far back or handlebars that are too wide puts added stress on the muscles that support your neck.


Treating Pain from Improper Bike Fit

The best way to stop pain from improper bike fit is to get a professional bike fitting. Certain treatments can also help you get relief from lingering symptoms and prevent them from coming back.

Treatments may include:

  • Custom foot orthotics: Orthotics correct irregular foot movements and provide extra support. These devices are custom made to fit the natural curves of your feet. Find out more about custom foot orthotics.
  • Massage therapy: If riding your bike is causing muscle pain, our licensed massage therapists use a gentle touch to help you feel better. Read more about massage therapy.
  • Chiropractic care: This treatment relieves pain by guiding bones and joints back into their natural position. Find out more about chiropractic care.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapists can help you build strength in your core and legs, making it easier to ride with the proper form. Learn more about orthopedic physical therapy.

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