Numb hand when cycling….?
I guess it could be down to different postures or riding styles on each bike. Bit weird that it’s always on one side.
I’ve heard good things about those Body Geometry gloves by Specialized – from what I understand they’re designed to protect the (ulnar?) nerve which gets squashed by hands on bars. Might be worth trying if you’ve not already.Posted 6 years ago
From a physio POV I would put money on postural related, typically cervical spine or traps related.
saying that, i doubt if you’ll find a soln via the treads (unless very lucky).
you need an experienced physio to have a look, note that I didn’t suggest a bike fitting service. Anyone with gripe about that comment is free to call me on 07719664553 where I’ll provide evidence of their collective inaccuracies.
Good luck with it btw, I hope it resolves.
Oh, couple of q’s
1. How long b4 the symptoms establish, when riding HT?Posted 6 years ago
2. How long does it take to ease/go?
3. Any other positions bring this on (not cycling)?
When I ride my hardtail, I get a numb left hand after about an hour. This doesn’t occur on my FS, and not in my right hand when on HT. Bars slightly wider on HT, but if it was that wouldn’t it affect both my hands? Anyone got any ideas why this is and how I can stop it?Posted 6 years ago
NJA, nice one, could be just that…depending on the dermatomal/myotomal pattern…but I’m not convinced unless there’s spacial compromise with the carpul tunnel?
What do you think?
Also would depend as to the severity of the symptom and indeed if there was associated muscle weakness…we don’t know these things yet.Posted 6 years ago
Thanks all for interesting answers. Will try tweaks as suggested above. Symptoms start after about one hour, hand goes to sleep as though I’ve been lying on it. I can alleviate that by riding one handed and wiggling hand and fingers about for a while, but then it needs attention every so often once it’s started.
I have shoulder (rotator cuff) trouble also on left side due to a fall last year, had sports massage last week on it, and plan to have more. Perhaps linked to that and exascerbated by handlebars/brake set up on HT….?
lovetubs – no, just cycling! and what do you mean by this?
typically cervical spine or traps related.brakesMember
I get this on the road bike in a particular position (on the hoods) – I’ve changed the bar tape, put some gel inserts in and rotated the levers slightly and this had lessened the numbness.
you need an experienced physio to have a look
I’d try changing your position first, before spending your hard earned, which would be better spent on shiny bike parts 😉Posted 6 years agorobnorthcottMember
I don’t suffer from it myself, but the topic comes up quite regularly on the CTC forums and people come up with all sorts of reasons and solutions (most of which are “don’t lean on your hands then”). Might be worth a look though.Posted 6 years ago
For example: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=53539
Ah you see my point re physio?
Anna, you didn’t mention the shoulder aspect…this will change asst because we would have to determine if your previous injury is affecting/producing your present condition.
This is exactly why forum answers from ‘experts’ are gen flawed.
That said, I’m very good at toasting LED drivers 😯Posted 6 years agomattsccmMember
Ok I suffer mostly when my hands are on the hoods on drop bars. My eventual partial solution was to ditch my Specialized BG super pricey gloves. The padding leaves a slot over the nerve. I suppose its meant to be a free space but it was just where I didn’t want it to be. I went to my 1981 classic leather mitts. Much of the problem solved. Double tape has helped as well.Posted 6 years ago
You will be sitting less thyan perfectly symetrically I reckon, if you have other injuries. Bring the bars back a touch might help.
Didn’t mention the shoulder before because I didn’t connect the two things til this thread!
I did talk to my Dr about the shoulder, he just said it would get better on its own….17 months later he’s partly right! Will try a different Dr… and look for good local sport masseur. And adjust bars/brake levers! Not at the same time though 🙂
Edit: Thanks love tubs!Posted 6 years agorobnorthcottMember
Thereby speaks the unicyclist Rob I just bought one – saw you on Dartmoor, remember? – thanks for the inspiration
Ha – yes I remember, I was keeping quiet about that so as not to direct the wrath of the forum in your direction (they don’t like us you know 😉 ). Good luck with that, have fun 🙂
(resume normal discussion…)Posted 6 years agomrh86Subscriber
If it is a nerve thing…..
Is it your whole hand that goes numb?…or could you say it was your little finger and half of your ring finger (ulnar nerve)? or the rest of your hand (median nerve)? Lets just ignore the radial nerve as it only supplies sensation to a very small area of the hand.
Ulnar nerve compression is quite a common thing in cyclists, and I have heard it referred to as “cyclists palsy” LINKPosted 6 years ago
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