It is not uncommon to have a few aches and pains after a day of riding. After all, the body remains in a seated position for long periods of time, while balanced on a vibrating engine. Just thinking about it makes me want to stand up and stretch. And usually, it just takes a few stretches and maybe walking around a bit to eliminate any back pain. But what can you do if your lower back pain lingers after riding a motorcycle?
First, you need to pinpoint the cause of your lower back pain. Do you experience it even on days you don’t ride your motorcycle? Is it something that comes and goes? Back pain is frustrating and difficult to treat, and it can be hard to determine the causes.
Causes of Lower Back Pain when Riding a Motorcycle
Most times, lower back pain when riding a motorcycle comes from poor ergonomics. If your body position is out of line when you ride, your back will usually be the first to suffer. Consider your foot position, and handlebar position. Also, does your seat fit you appropriately? Usually, one of these three issues is the problem. However, it can also be poor posture.
Have you ever seen someone riding a motorcycle who rides sort of hunched over? This basic lack of posture quickly contributes to an aching back. When you ride, your body can lean, but your back should never be curved. If you notice you are prone to curling or curving your back when you ride, try to envision yourself being pulled upright and supported. Practice paying close attention to your posture when you ride and before long, you’ll automatically assume the proper seating position.
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What Can I Do for Motorcycle Lower Back Pain?
Now you have a good idea of what causes lower back pain from a motorcycle, but if you are already in pain, you just want relief. There are a few steps you can take to get you feeling in tip-top shape.
· Ice can be incredibly helpful. Most pharmacies carry ice wraps attached to a strap to hold them in place.
· Pain relievers like Excedrin Back, acetaminophen, or Advil, are all effective. If you are experiencing significant pain, you may be able to alternate acetaminophen and Advil, but check with a medical professional first, for their advice.
· Massage can be very helpful. If you have a significant other who can massage the area for you, that can do wonders to help relieve the pain. If not, a visit to a massage therapist can be well worth the investment.
· Chiropractors can provide excellent therapy that can relieve most lower back pain. They often work hand-in-hand with physical therapists who can recommend stretches and exercises to relieve the pain and provide support.
Although lower back pain after riding a motorcycle is not life-altering, it can prevent you from enjoying your ride. At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we know that time off the bike is never fun. Whether you refrain from riding due to injuries from a motorcycle crash or simply due to some back pain, the only thing you want is to get back to riding again. That’s why we work diligently for our clients, to help them regain health and get them appropriate compensation for their injuries.