Cyclist Syndrome – Pudendal Nerve Entrapement
Cyclist Syndrome involves the compression of the pudendal nerve from prolonged, incorrectly or poorly fitted bike seats. The pudendal nerve is a nerve which exits the spinal cord near the tailbone and delivers sensation and motor control to the groin area. Symptoms may include pain with bladder or bowel movements, erectile dysfunction in males, pain in the groin/saddle region and pins and needles/numbness from prolonged sitting.
Did you know firm and narrow bike seats are most likely to lead to the development of symptoms during prolonged sitting compared to gel or wider/split seat designs?
One hot tip is to change your load on the seat. You can complete this by:
- Change your riding position – shift into a more upright posture onto sitting bones. Keeping up your hamstring and hip flexor mobility will be key
- Change the position of your saddle – downward tilt
- Change seat design – gel saddle can improve comfort
- Change prolonged sitting periods – add a rise from the saddle for 30 seconds every 30 minutes.
Sean Wickens, Physiotherapist, Evoker.
For any questions related to this, or to discuss this particular problem in more detail, reach out to us at Evoker on 02 90161550