Whether you’re an avid cyclist who rides every day, or you simply enjoy pedaling through the neighborhood from time to time, biking is a great, healthy, low-impact activity. Here’s what orthopedic surgeon, Antony Denard, Jr., MD, had to say about the sport he enjoys so much.
- How serious of a cyclist are you?
Dr. Denard: I’ve been doing it for 10 years, competitively and recreationally. I ride several times per week, with each ride being about 40 to 100 miles. I also enjoy doing charity rides.
- What should people know about bicyclist, from an orthopedic surgeon's point of view?
Dr. Denard: Cycling is actually a very forgiving sport in terms of your joints. It’s excellent in improving and maintaining range of motion, and has great benefits for joint mobility without taxing your joints. It’s a sport that allows people of all experience levels to participate. From beach cruisers to road bikes, and even stationary spin bikes, there’s something for everyone of all levels and ages.
- What kinds of orthopedic injuries are associated with cycling?
Dr. Denard: Most biking injuries are tied to a fall or accident. That’s why the most common orthopedic injuries are clavicle, hip or wrist fractures — also wrist, neck and back strains or sprains. Overuse injuries related to cycling are highly uncommon. But there is a risk of falling, especially as you get older, so fractures become more likely.
- What treatment options are there for biking injuries?
Dr. Denard: Surgery isn’t always necessary for fractures. But if it is, at AdventHealth we offer Mako robotic-assisted surgery, which is an extremely precise, minimally invasive option that’s highly effective for joint replacement, too. Non-surgical options include physical therapy, pain management and other conservative treatments.
- What is your advice to someone who wants to start biking more?
Dr. Denard: I recommend getting good cycling shorts and a comfortable seat. Adjust your bike to an upright position to avoid some of the injuries we see.
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About Dr. Denard
Dr. Denard is an orthopedic surgeon with experience in a wide range of orthopedic surgical procedures for patients ages 16 and older. He operates at AdventHealth Palm Coast — the area’s only Joint Commission-Certified Center of Excellence for hip, knee and shoulder replacement. To make an appointment, call Call386-232-9210 or visit VolusiaFlaglerOrtho.com.