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Tips for cycling with degenerative disc disease

The pain and immobility associated with degenerative disc disease may lead you to believe that you can no longer enjoy cycling, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, cycling — particularly stationary cycling — is a low-impact activity that may actually help you manage your symptoms. Before jumping on your bike, though, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

Enjoying cycling while sparing your spine

Consider incorporating these simple cycling tips if you have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease or another degenerative spine condition.

  1. Use proper form. Hunching over can exacerbate neck or back pain. Be sure to keep your chest lifted and shift some weight toward the hands while you’re riding.
  2. Make sure your bike is the right size for your body. This can be tough to determine on your own, so it’s best to seek the assistance of a professional at a bike shop or a sports goods store.
  3. Use shock-absorbing accessories. Investing in shock-absorbing seats, seat covers, gloves or handlebar covers is a good idea if you’re dealing with degenerative disc disease symptoms.
  4. Stand up occasionally to reposition your spine. This is especially important during long rides or steep climbs.
  5. Keep your core strong. Strong core muscles more effectively support the spine and can decrease your chances of injury.

Perhaps the most important tip is to consult with your physician before participating in cycling. He or she will be able to evaluate your symptoms and provide tips based on your unique health situation. In the event that cycling is not recommended for you, be sure to ask what other low-impact activities you may be able to enjoy. Staying active is key to effectively managing your degenerative disc disease symptoms and preserving spinal health.

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