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Old 03-13-16, 01:47 PM
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Physical Therapist for Cyclist?

Anyone know of a good physical therapist who is experienced with cyclists in Los Angeles, preferably near Silver Lake?

I've been riding my CAAD10 for a couple of years now after a 20 year hiatus from cycling. I injured by back a month and a half ago and despite rest and low impact strengthening and stretching the soreness refuses to go away. So my doctor recommended I see a physical therapist. Also, I've never had a bike fitting.

Will most physical therapists be OK or should I find one who has experience with cyclists? I think it may be time for a fitting. Should I do it sooner or wait until my sore back feels better? It doesn't prevent me from riding but it does prevent me from riding hard.

Also, as far as fitters go, any reason I might choose Steve Carre over Nate Loyal.

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Old 03-14-16, 12:20 AM
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Just get your profitting done and continue with the meticulous stretching and strengthening.

I was astounded after my profit with someone you've mentioned, and I felt like an idiot paying him $180 to adjust my saddle a little up and a little forward; my cleats about a half-centimeter backward on the shoes.
Then I cancelled my appointment with a knee-surgeon 3 weeks after my pro-fit.
Consider how many times we do the same motion with much force repeatedly over a typical ride...

Think about it:
A 60 mile ride, averaging 20 mph.
That's three strenuous hours of pedaling.
3 hours = 180 minutes
90rpm x 180 minutes = 16,200 repetitive motions of the leg.
If you're off by just half a centimeter, imagine the damage you're doing to your knees, your hips, your back...

Now consider how much knee or back surgery would cost, and $180 suddenly becomes a bargain.

Please get the pro-fit and let us know how it goes. I promise not to say "I told you so."

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Old 03-16-16, 03:49 PM
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I'm a big fan of physical therapy when appropriate so if you can go, go. I don't think it's terribly important to have a cycling specialty but it wouldn't hurt if you could find one.

So, to recap.

a) Fitting
b) PT
c) continue stretching.

I found a good sports massage therapist near me that has made a huge difference in my ongoing muscular comfort.
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I sent you a PM with a few names. I did extensive physical therapy both before and after knee replacement surgery. No idea about their level of experience with cyclists, but all very good therapists. Go ahead and go now, while your back is hurting. They'll tell you what to do next - whether that's rest for now, or get to work immediately.
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Old 03-17-16, 10:41 AM
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Thanks for all of your replies. @americanrecluse, I tried to responsd to your pm but I don't think it went though as I don't have the requisite 50 posts to send a pm.

I found a physical therapist in Burbank, right by Forest Lawn. Her name is Darlene Eubanks. I liked that she is the only one that works with you (no assistants or students) and she's a cyclist herself. I had my first appoinment yesterday. Seems my main issue is tight hip and leg muscles and I need to stretch a lot more. She also recommended getting a fitting. Just wanted to share in case it helps others.
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