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The Benefits of Cycling for Osteoarthritis: A Comprehensive Guide

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Can individuals with osteoarthritis can incorporate cycling to reduce joint pain and regain their joint mobility?

Introduction

The joints in the musculoskeletal system allow the individual to be mobile while allowing the extremities to do their jobs. Just like the muscles and ligaments of the body, the joints can also wear and tear through repetitive motions, leading to joint pain in the extremities. Over time, the wear and tear from the joints can lead to the potential development of osteoarthritis, which then can affect joint mobility and lead to a life of pain and misery for individuals. However, numerous ways exist to reduce osteoarthritis’s pain-like symptoms and help restore joint mobility through cycling. Today’s article looks at how osteoarthritis affects the joints, how cycling is incorporated for osteoarthritis, and how it can reduce joint pain. We discuss with certified associated medical providers who consolidate our patients’ information to assess osteoarthritis and its associated pain symptoms affecting the joints in the extremities. We also inform and guide patients while asking their associated medical provider intricate questions to integrate cycling into their personalized treatment plan to manage the pain correlated with osteoarthritis affecting their joints. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., includes this information as an academic service. Disclaimer.

 

Osteoarthritis Affecting Joint Mobility

Do you feel pain and stiffness every morning in your joints only for it to feel better throughout the day? Do you experience pain in your knees, hips, and hands? Or have you noticed that your range of motion has decreased drastically? Many individuals, both young and old, can be affected by these pain-like issues and could be at risk of developing osteoarthritis in their joints. Osteoarthritis is the largest and most common musculoskeletal condition that causes a disturbance of the inflammatory cytokine balance, damaging the cartilage and other intra-articular structures surrounding the joints. (Molnar et al., 2021) This is because osteoarthritis develops over time, causing the cartilage to wear away and causing the connecting bones to rub against each other. This, in turn, can affect the extremity’s joint mobility, causing symptoms of stiffness, pain, swelling, and reduced range of motion to the joints.

 

 

Additionally, osteoarthritis is multifactorial as it can cause an imbalance in the joints due to genetics, environmental, metabolic, and traumatic factors that can contribute to its development. (Noriega-Gonzalez et al., 2023) This is because repetitive motions and environmental factors can impact the body and cause overlapping risk profiles to correlate with osteoarthritis. Some overlapping risk profiles associated with osteoarthritis are pathological changes in the joint structure that cause abnormal loading on the joints, which causes joint malalignment and muscle weakness. (Nedunchezhiyan et al., 2022) This causes many people to be in constant pain and trying to find relief from joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.

 


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Cycling For Osteoarthritis

Engaging in physical activities may seem daunting when managing osteoarthritis symptoms, but it can help restore joint mobility while reducing the pain associated with osteoarthritis. One of the physical activities that has little impact and does not impact the joints is cycling. Cycling for osteoarthritis has many beneficial properties as it can:

  • Strengthen surrounding muscles
  • Retain joint mobility
  • Improve range of motion
  • Weight management
  • Enhancing cardiovascular health

Cycling can help the individual focus on strengthening the lower extremity muscles surrounding the joints, which can help improve pain and functionality. (Katz et al., 2021) This, in turn, helps provide better support and stability to the joints, thus reducing overload on the body while minimizing the risk of injuries. Additionally, cycling can help improve many individuals looking for a healthier change and increase bone mineral density in the joints, thus decreasing the risk of fractures. (Chavarrias et al., 2019)

 

Cycling Reducing Joint Pain

Cycling is a safe and effective exercise for anyone, whether they’re just starting or haven’t been active for a while. The key to optimal recovery and joint functionality is to consult a doctor. This ensures that cycling is a safe option for you, helps you choose the right bike, and provides guidance on how to start slowly, warm up and stretch, maintain proper form, and stay consistent with the cycling sessions. This professional guidance is crucial, as it allows many individuals with joint pain to achieve complete functional recovery to their joints. (Papalia et al., 2020) Cycling is an excellent way to manage osteoarthritis and its associated symptoms. For many individuals with osteoarthritis, this low-impact exercise can be a game-changer, promoting muscle strengthening, improving joint range of motion, and helping alleviate osteoarthritis symptoms.

 


References

Chavarrias, M., Carlos-Vivas, J., Collado-Mateo, D., & Perez-Gomez, J. (2019). Health Benefits of Indoor Cycling: A Systematic Review. Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania), 55(8). doi.org/10.3390/medicina55080452

Katz, J. N., Arant, K. R., & Loeser, R. F. (2021). Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Review. JAMA, 325(6), 568-578. doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.22171

Molnar, V., Matisic, V., Kodvanj, I., Bjelica, R., Jelec, Z., Hudetz, D., Rod, E., Cukelj, F., Vrdoljak, T., Vidovic, D., Staresinic, M., Sabalic, S., Dobricic, B., Petrovic, T., Anticevic, D., Boric, I., Kosir, R., Zmrzljak, U. P., & Primorac, D. (2021). Cytokines and Chemokines Involved in Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis. Int J Mol Sci, 22(17). doi.org/10.3390/ijms22179208

Nedunchezhiyan, U., Varughese, I., Sun, A. R., Wu, X., Crawford, R., & Prasadam, I. (2022). Obesity, Inflammation, and Immune System in Osteoarthritis. Front Immunol, 13, 907750. doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2022.907750

Noriega-Gonzalez, D., Caballero-Garcia, A., Roche, E., Alvarez-Mon, M., & Cordova, A. (2023). Inflammatory Process on Knee Osteoarthritis in Cyclists. J Clin Med, 12(11). doi.org/10.3390/jcm12113703

Papalia, R., Campi, S., Vorini, F., Zampogna, B., Vasta, S., Papalia, G., Fossati, C., Torre, G., & Denaro, V. (2020). The Role of Physical Activity and Rehabilitation Following Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in the Elderly. J Clin Med, 9(5). doi.org/10.3390/jcm9051401

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