Cyclist's palsy

Cyclist's palsy

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What is Cyclist's palsy ?

Cyclist's palsy, also known as handlebar palsy or ulnar neuropathy, is a type of nerve compression injury that can occur in cyclists who spend long periods of time gripping their handlebars.


The condition is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve, which runs from the neck down to the hand and supplies sensation to the little finger and part of the ring finger. When the nerve is compressed, it can cause numbness, tingling, and weakness in the affected hand and fingers.

Cyclist's palsy can be prevented by using padded gloves or handlebar tape to cushion the hands and reduce pressure on the ulnar nerve. It is also important to periodically change hand positions while cycling and to avoid excessive pressure on the hands while gripping the handlebars.


The symptoms of Cyclist's palsy typically involve numbness, tingling, and weakness in the affected hand and fingers. Other possible symptoms include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the hand or wrist
  • Difficulty gripping objects or performing fine motor tasks with the affected hand
  • A sensation of swelling or tightness in the hand or fingers
  • Muscle atrophy (wasting) in the hand or forearm in severe cases.

treatment options may include:

  1. Rest and immobilization: Resting the affected hand and immobilizing it with a splint or brace may help to reduce pressure on the nerve and promote healing.

  2. Physical therapy: Gentle stretching exercises and massage techniques may help to reduce muscle tension and improve circulation in the affected area.

  3. Pain management: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help to alleviate pain and discomfort.

  4. Steroid injections: In some cases, a steroid injection may be given to reduce inflammation and swelling around the affected nerve.

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