Biking is an activity that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s low-impact on the knees and people do it both recreationally and professionally. In fact, cycling has less impact on the knees than running or jogging. However, biking can still cause injuries. Here are some of the common knee injuries from biking and cycling:
Runner’s Knee – Contrary to what its name may suggest, runner’s knee can occur in cyclists. It’s a type of knee pain around or behind the kneecap that typically occurs due to overuse.
Chondromalacia – This describes the wearing down of the cartilage under the kneecap. Chondromalacia may be caused by a number of different issues, though the leading one is poor kneecap alignment. It can be the source of pain and inflammation and is the most common cause of chronic knee pain.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome – Also known as ITBS, Iliotibial Band Syndrome is when the mass of tissue that connects your quads and other thigh muscles to the knee becomes irritated, leading to pain.
These are just a handful of the issues that can affect the knee from biking. For competitive cyclists, these conditions may be especially common. Wearing biking and cycling braces and supports can help minimize the onset of these injuries and can help reduce or even completely eliminate knee pain. Speak with your doctor about wearing a knee brace for your situation, and check out our biking braces today!