Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Austin, TX, USA
I experience the same sensation from bicycle riding and it is caused by gripping the handle bars too tightly or putting too much weight on your hands. The medical term for this is cyclist or handle bar palsy.
I copied this from another web site.
"Also known as ulnar neuropathy, handlebar palsy is actually an inflammation of the nerve that runs along the entire length of the arm to the hand. This nerve, which is also known as the ulnar nerve, provides for both movement and feeling in the arm and hand (e.g., it possesses both a motor and sensory function).
So why does this nerve have a tendency to become irritated during cycling? In general, the ulnar nerve becomes inflamed, usually either at the elbow or the wrist, when it has to absorb vibration and shock transmitted to the arm via some apparatus or tool (it can also flare up when the hand and arm are maintained in a fixed position for a long time). In the case of cyclists, shock and vibration are transmitted directly from the handlebars to the arms – and to the ulnar nerves in each arm, raising the risk of ulnar neuropathy."
For me, wearing padded bicycling gloves and repositioning my hands has eliminated the problem.
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