article from the american academy of family physicians...
includes handy tables of risk factors
, and bike fit considerations
two-parter covering a spectrum of injuries
; not to be confused 'sciatica' which is a spinal complication...
is compression on the sciatic nerve by
the piriformis muscle
an improper saddle fit can greatly irritate the "sit bone"
stress to the iliotibial band
, the large tendon that joins the femur to the knee...
a common injury to the thigh from running, cycling, hiking, weight lifting, etc.
pain (stinging) just above the knee,
and/or swelling of the tissue wherever the band moves along the femur.
occuring not all at once, builds up over time, especially when foot strikes the ground...
have bowed legs? you're a prime candidate for ITBS
one guy's account of his battle with ITBS:
injury or irritation of the bursa
of the greater trochanter
it acts as a shock absorber to the muscles that move along the bony outer part of your femur/hip...
it can by itself become annoyed, or pain here can be the result of iliotibial band syndrome...
have a leg-length discrepancy? this could be your problem
"snapping hip syndrome"
; fairly easy to identify by its 'sound'
... there's a bunch more to be known about knee/ankle/back/wrist/etc. injuries from cycling, but i'm drawing upon my own recent experience in sharing these links... only the unknown is scary - study up and be prepared if it happens to you!
and the most important thing -- if you even THINK you're suffering from Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) then STOP
AND REST UP
. this is not something you can power your way through. it requires time to mend.