Understanding Cyclist Knee Pain

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Welcome to Mend Colorado, your solution for cycling knee pain in Boulder and Lafayette. We understand how much knee pain can impact your everyday life, and we want to help. Our experienced physical therapists deploy evidence-based practices to get you back on your bike without pain.

Knee pain after cycling is commonly attributed to issues like patellar tendonitis, IT band syndrome, and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Such conditions can be caused by a host of factors, including improper bike fit, overtraining, challenging terrain, and muscle imbalances. We address all these aspects in our treatment plans to ensure effective relief.

Trust Mend Colorado to help you overcome your cycling knee pain. Ready for relief? Schedule an appointment today.  

Effective Treatment Modalities

At Mend Colorado, we take a comprehensive approach to treating cyclist knee pain. Our goal is not only to alleviate immediate discomfort but also to address the root cause of the problem and prevent future injuries. With a team of skilled professionals and a range of treatment options, we’re committed to providing holistic care tailored to your needs.

Our physical therapy techniques focus on strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, and correcting biomechanical imbalances. Through targeted exercises and manual therapy, we aim to restore function and reduce pain.

In addition to physical therapy, we provide specialized treatments such as dry needling and orthopedic manual therapy. Dry needling targets trigger points in muscles, releasing tension and promoting healing. Orthopedic manual therapy focuses on hands-on techniques to restore joint mobility, reduce pain, and improve function in cyclists with knee discomfort.

After our patients achieve relief, we focus on preventing future issues. For example, we’ll provide exercises tailored specifically for cyclists. These exercises focus on strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee, improving flexibility, and optimizing biomechanics. By incorporating such exercises into your training regimen, you can reduce the risk of injuries and enhance performance on the bike. 

The Mend Colorado Difference:
Expert Physical Therapy Care for Boulder Cyclists

At Mend Colorado, our philosophy centers around providing comprehensive care that fosters trust and credibility, ensuring you receive personalized treatments tailored to your needs. When it comes to addressing cycling knee pain specifically, there are several members of our team who have extensive experience. 

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Dr. Alan Hofman

Dr. Alan Hofman‘s personal journey through multiple knee surgeries ignited his passion for physical therapy, leading him to excel in treating orthopedic conditions, including specialized headache solutions. With extensive experience in clinics across Colorado and Georgia, Alan’s expertise encompasses complex spinal pathologies and post-operative rehabilitation, particularly for athletes of all levels. Holding certifications in orthopedic physical therapy and manual therapy, Alan’s dedication to professional growth and mentorship shines through his leadership roles.


Dr. Russ Overy

Dr. Russ Overy, a seasoned Colorado native, brings a wealth of expertise in treating spinal and orthopedic conditions, with a particular focus on headache solutions and physical therapy for athletes. As a dedicated father and passionate advocate for youth sports injury prevention, Russ believes in tailoring treatment plans to individual goals, fostering a collaborative partnership with his patients. His commitment to advancing the field of physical therapy is evident through his role as faculty at Regis University, where he specializes in manual therapy techniques and mentors aspiring therapists.

Success Stories

The folks at Mend have been incredibly helpful from day one. They ensured I got connected with the right PT for my needs (Eli is awesome!!) and he has helped me tremendously and allowed me to continue my sport pain free. I also have more knowledge on how to avoid issues in the future and know I can always reach out for questions or support. Highly recommend them!!
Tam Burke
Tam Burke
I love working with Robert Adams here. I am a yogi and my injury was yoga related so having someone that has experience in the yoga would has been invaluable to me. Robert is so knowledgeable and kind.
Blake Busse
Blake Busse
Mend -- and Heather Fraebel, in particular -- was great and would definitely recommend to anyone in need of treatment.
Jennifer Nua
Jennifer Nua
I came to MEND when I was recently postpartum and was having pelvic floor issues. My OB diagnosed me with uterine and bladder prolapse and said it should fix itself within six months. I told her that my quality was life was being negatively impacted by my symptoms and I was unwilling to just wait it out, and I asked what further she could do. She said a pelvic floor physical therapist would be my best bet, so I made an appointment with MEND. I got an appointment with Chelsey at about five weeks postpartum and she did an assessment and external exam and made recommendations of gentle exercises to do and symptoms to look out for. Within two weeks I was feeling MUCH better. I have continued working with her (I am now five months postpartum), and am back to running and working out like normal, no more modifications! I now recommend pelvic floor PT to all the moms I know, even those who are currently pregnant. I wish I had gone in during pregnancy for help with SPD pain. And I highly recommend Chelsey!!! She takes time to explain everything, is thorough in the assessments she does, is gentle and reassuring, and still makes me work up a sweat with the exercises she prescribes me now. Thank you, MEND and Chelsey! :)
Devin Perreault
Devin Perreault
I have a lot of great things to say about this clinic, it will be a challenge to narrow my list down to a reasonable length. As the owner of Uplift Boulder, a strength training focused gym in town, I find it essential for my staff and myself to know what is and what isn't in our scope of practice. Should a member be dealing with pain or an injury, we regularly refer to Mend to get our members back... on the mend. Their staff is professional, knowledgeable, and clearly is regularly pursuing continuing education. Should I get banged up, I'll go to Mend myself. I recommend their services to anyone looking to get out of pain and better understand what they are going through. If you are looking for a physical therapist that will help you return to your favorite activities instead of telling you that you will no longer be able to do something, this is the clinic for you.
Tessa Kaiser
Tessa Kaiser
I worked with Robert, who helped me figure out my shoulder pain issue after I'd worked with another PT for months with no results. He is incredibly thorough, logical, professional, and just a great PT overall. Obviously very educated and well trained. I will go back to him, especially if I have a challenging case.
Libby Horton
Libby Horton
I've been going to mend for a couple years now, and love it. VP is fastidious and thorough. He really listens, and gives accessible, realistic exercises to help the healing process. The facility itself is very clean and organized. Everything is always on time, and I appreciate that I automatically get emailed a superbill to submit to my insurance company right after every appointment.
Liz Willette Danneels
Liz Willette Danneels
I absolutely love Mend. MVP is an amazing therapist and has completely fixed my foot issue so I am moving him onto my back and hand issues! There is a great energy there, everyone clearly loves what they do and its a very positive place to be.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common causes of knee pain in cyclists?

Cyclist knee pain can stem from various factors, including improper bike fit, overuse, muscle imbalances, and poor biomechanics. Common conditions include patellar tendonitis, IT band syndrome, and PFPS (patellofemoral pain syndrome). These issues often result from repetitive motions and excessive strain on the knee joint during cycling.

How can knee pain while cycling be prevented?

Preventing knee pain while cycling involves several strategies, including ensuring proper bike fit, gradually increasing training intensity, incorporating cross-training activities to strengthen supporting muscles, maintaining flexibility, and listening to your body’s signals to avoid overuse injuries. Regular bike maintenance and proper warm-up and cool-down routines are also crucial for injury prevention.

When should professional help be sought for knee pain?

Professional help should be sought for knee pain that persists beyond a few days, significantly limits your ability to cycle or perform daily activities, or worsens over time. If you experience swelling, instability, or clicking sensations in the knee joint, it’s essential to consult a physical therapist or healthcare provider for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment.

What role does bike fit play in preventing knee pain?

Proper bike fit is essential for preventing knee pain in cyclists. A bike that is adjusted incorrectly can lead to biomechanical issues, such as excessive stress on the knees or improper alignment. Working with a professional bike fitter or physical therapist can help ensure that your bike is set up correctly to minimize the risk of knee pain and optimize performance.

What treatments are available for cyclist knee pain?

Treatment options for cyclist knee pain vary depending on the specific condition and severity of symptoms. Common treatments include physical therapy modalities such as manual therapy, therapeutic exercises to strengthen supporting muscles, biomechanical analysis and correction, dry needling, joint mobilization, and education on proper cycling technique and injury prevention strategies. In some cases, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) may be recommended initially to reduce inflammation and pain.

What is the typical recovery timeline for cyclist knee pain?

The recovery timeline for cyclist knee pain varies depending on the underlying cause, severity of symptoms, and individual factors such as age and fitness level. In many cases, with proper treatment and adherence to rehabilitation exercises, significant improvement can be seen within a few weeks to months. However, more severe or chronic conditions may require longer recovery periods, and ongoing maintenance may be necessary to prevent recurrence. 

Taking Action

Don’t let knee pain derail your cycling journey. It’s time to take control of your cycling experience and reclaim your passion for the ride. Knee pain not only hinders your performance on the bike but can also impact your overall quality of life, affecting your ability to enjoy daily activities.

If you’re tired of being sidelined by knee discomfort, take the first step toward relief today. Schedule an appointment with Mend Colorado and let our experienced team of physical therapists help you get back on track. Whether you’re a competitive cyclist or simply enjoy leisurely rides around Boulder and Lafayette, we’re here to support you every pedal stroke of the way.