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Carpal Tunnel(4 posts)

Carpal Tunnelfunknuggets
Oct 14, 2002 11:21 AM
Can you get or cause joint damage to your wrists from riding too many miles in a particular position. Here at work (an IT company), it is stressed to stretch every so often to help allevieate the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Where most of the concern is about a repetitive motion, I think there is some inherent risk of holding your wrist at odd angles. Could cycling, road cycling in particular, also contribute to carpal tunnel-like symptoms?

Just curious.
Chris
Oh yeah.Spoke Wrench
Oct 14, 2002 11:34 AM
In the case of road cycling, the symptoms are usually the result of leaning on the handlebars causing pressure impingement on the medial nerve. The typical symptom is numbness in the thumb, forefinger and middle finger. Sometimes so bad that you can't feel the brake lever, but it generally goes away when you stop cycling.

I don't think I've ever heard of anyone who developed full blown carpal tunnel syndrome, where the discomfort wakes you up at night, from bicycling.
Oh yeah.funknuggets
Oct 14, 2002 11:55 AM
Thanks, like a true braniac, I posted the question, then did a search and found you provided some great information just last month. I apologize for bringing it up. When I cycle, I sometimes get the pain or numbness you described in the ring and pinky fingers, but it is rare and actually has been helped since I swapped out for a carbon fork (I dont wear gloves, but may try the specialized gloves you suggestion). I just have some uncomfort in my wrist in my right wrist that is somewhat unexplained... but most likely attributed to this job, I guess.
FWIW, cycling relieves my wrist strain. -nmSnowBlind
Oct 14, 2002 1:47 PM