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

Anton Bundschu
Anton Bundschu
Waited a month after my last session with Michael VP to give my ankle a few more test runs and sessions at the climbing gym. Happy to report my badly twisted, slightly fractured ankle is performing well. Really appreciated the attention to my goals and individualized routines. They are not just another "cookbook" PT. 5 Stars. Thanks again Michael!!!
Christine Rohacz
Christine Rohacz
Jonathan Crawley is the absolute best! I couldn't recommend him and the Mend team highly enough! I've been seeing him for nearly 6 months now for two separate injuries. As someone who is an active runner, climber, and all around endurance athlete, its important that I can stay active through recovery and Jonathan made sure that happened. Both times, he kept me training at peak performance while also healing in the process. On top of that, he is improved my running game significantly and helped make me more resistant to injuries in the future. Worth every dollar spent.
Jane Martin
Jane Martin
Don and I both appreciate Mend. Our pts are outstanding, knowledgeable and so helpful. We are getting better. Russ is amazing. We have a good home program. We Look Forward to our sessions and generally Feel Better after his treatments. Jane and Don martin
Troy De Groot
Troy De Groot
I keep getting hurt, and Mend keeps helping me get back to my active lifestyle! This time Jeff helped me get my range of motion and strengthen my shoulder after my AC joint tear from snowboard. Very recommended.
Dick Golden
Dick Golden
He's great at determining what causes the problem and how to get strength to solve it.
Mike D'Onofrio
Mike D'Onofrio
The folks at Mend are super thoughtful, super knowledgeable physical therapists. They approached their work with me as problem solvers, really listening and exploring my specific issues. I’m grateful to have them in my corner helping me do the activities I love.
bret schacht
bret schacht
Mend fixed up my back and then my shoulder. Dr. Jeff Ryg easily diagnosed my issues and knew exactly what to do. Taking me through prescribed exercises made it possible for me to rehab my injuries at home.
Patricia Eggleston
Patricia Eggleston
Alan Hofman did wonders for my sore neck. As an avid cyclist himself, he targeted the areas that I needed to work on. I would highly recommend him.
Emily Cosmos
Emily Cosmos
VP is compassionate, knowledgeable, and came up with what would work well for my lifestyle and my physical needs. The space is also nice and well maintained. Highly recommend.
Brittany ripmaster
Brittany ripmaster
Russ Overy is the best. He is knowledgeable, kind and always on time. He has helped me tremendously with my back/sciatica pain. I would highly recommend Russ.

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.