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Help! I have a super sore shoulder muscle and need advice.(6 posts)

Help! I have a super sore shoulder muscle and need advice.Anj
Nov 18, 2003 10:01 PM
Hi folks-

I have an extremely sore muscle that runs between my neck and my shoulder(I believe it is called the trapezius muscle). No crashes or anything just seems like getting on the bike and riding over the years has made it sore. Lately the pain has gotten really bad and it sorta seems to be knotted up. It always hurts and after a ride(even a short 10 mile ride)it becomes almost excruciating. Anyone have any advice on how I can get this cured?? Stretches known? Heat or cold? Massage? Time away from the bike? Any help w/this tremendously appreciated, I am beside myself w/pain right now. Thanks! Tom
Couple suggestionsspookyload
Nov 18, 2003 10:07 PM
Sounds like you might be using a stem that is too long or short. It could also be from holding on to the bars too tight. You might hit the weights with some really light weight at lots of reps. Stretching and some chin ups/push ups might help too. The stretching will definately help.
re: Help! I have a super sore shoulder muscle and need advice.kai-ming
Nov 19, 2003 1:12 AM
I had similar muscle pain sometime ago. Massage by my wife with arthritis cream did help. Avoid technical fast descend and out-of-saddle power acceleration that may stress the muscle for the time being. Try to relax the shoulder and neck while riding, find a position to sit on the bike without putting too much body weight to your upper body / shoulder / arm , i.e. move back the saddle, tilt the saddle backward, so you could sit back, shorten the stem length if necessary, etc, etc.
re: pain in the neckhudsonite
Nov 19, 2003 5:12 AM
It is probably not a big deal. As someone else mentioned, probably caused by the bike setup. Bars too low, stem too long or short. It could also be caused by stiffness. Try some stretching.

But I would suggest that you go for physiotherapy . They should be able to help you get over the pain and give you excercises that will help the area. It is better to be monitored by a pro until it feels betters. There is little value in saving a few dollars now and risk long term damage to your body.
re: Help! I have a super sore shoulder muscle and need advice.geeker
Nov 19, 2003 6:59 AM
I agree with the physiotherapy. If it's knotted up, massage and heat treatment may help. If you know of a good chiropractor, I'd consider a visit. (Some people laugh at chiropractors, but I've always had very good results.)
re: Help! I have a super sore shoulder muscle and need advice.bc165
Nov 19, 2003 12:54 PM
Bike fit aside...

When I ride and notice that area tightening up I tilt my head and stretch my neck to the left and right. This is easy to do at stops and on flat sections where you might wonder on the road a bit.

Hot shower and massage also work well for me. Stretching after and between rides is always a good idea. Lots of resources to help you there - yoga is great.