|Tailbone Pain & Bike Riding
By Rose Erickson, LIVESTRONG.COM
“Bicycling-related tailbone pain can be more than just irritating; it can prevent you from continuing your bike routine and even dissuade you from future cycling. It can be caused by a variety of riding errors and environmental conditions. Because it can sometimes signal serious injury, it is important to understand how tailbone pain can occur during or after bike riding and how it can be treated.”
The repetitive actions of bike riding, especially if it is excessive or for long distances, can trigger tailbone pain. You can also develop pain if you fall off your bike or are bumped from behind by another object. Poor cycling posture or having your bicycle handlebars too high does not allow your tailbone and spine to properly cope with irregularities and bumps in the road — instead it will just jam your vertebrae together and place pressure on the tailbone. Seek medical attention if symptoms are chronic or severe as tailbone pain can be a symptom of a more serious condition such as an infection, sciatica or a fractured bone.