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Just hoping to get any thoughts and experiences from people on my current predicament.
Fist of all, some years ago now, I was diagnosed as having osteoarthritis in the hips, particularly the left. I get some impingement pain in the left but only rarely and have a reasonable range of movement in the hip. Recently (a year ago) I was diagnosed with some minor arthritis in the thumb joints (pain in both sides became apparent at the same time), not a major issue yet but it's there. In the last month or two I started getting constant pain in my right hip on the outer side (not groin). It's apparent when I ride and even worse when sitting for long periods when I do notice it more also in my lower back. My physio, who I have known for years and have a fair bit of faith in, believes the issue is a lumbar spine issue. Has anyone else had experience with something like this?
So far I am doing a number of stretches for hip flexors and glutes as well as starting on some core exercises as I am very weak in this way. I don't want to stop riding altogether but will probably cut down for a while.
My physio looked at my bike set-up an thinks my road/touring bike is set up 50mm too long in terms of reach! After looking at my MTB I have shortened the stem by 20mm to get it roughly in line with what he has said. The road touring bike (which has a 100mm stem) might need an 80mm and I might need to look at 65mm reach bars in place of my current 90mm ones. Not sure what that would do to the bike.... Of course I could always get a new one . That said, I did ride the road/touring bike for years including cycle touring in Europe and didn't feel like I had problems then. I guess it's all catching up with me now...
Anyway, that's probably enough to start with. It would be great to get any thoughts, experiences from anyone who has had similar issues.
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Arthritis is quite normal and arthritic changes are found on a lot of people without any pain. I would not see it as a sentence to have issues for the rest of your life.
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