DoctorGel against "Cyclist's Palsy"


The DoctorGel™ system is developed in collaboration with active athletes and doctors. GripGrab gloves with DoctorGel™ are designed to reduce the feeling of pins and needles in the fingers secondary to compression of the nerves innervating the hand.

DOCTORGEL FOR ALL PREFERENCES

We use three different padding thicknesses in our range of gloves so that every riding style and comfort preference can be met with a pair of GripGrab gloves.

Our 4 mm padding will be suitable for most riders opting for a good balance between comfort and control. The majority of our gloves feature the 4 mm padding. Riders who go for the long rides will get maximum strain relief with our 6 mm padding which is used in our SuperGel model. For the more competition oriented cyclist or anyone who prefers a more minimalistic padding, the 2 mm option will be a good choice.

ALL RIDERS BENEFIT FROM GEL PADDING

Both mountain bike and road bike riders, regardless of level of experience, may suffer temporarily from nerve compression. A prospective clinical study has shown that 70% of long-distance riders experience symptoms related to nerve compression 1.

The symptoms can present as light tingling in the fingers but can progress to more severe numbness and paresthesias. The condition is described in the literature as “Cyclist’s palsy” and the problem arises when a nerve to the hand is compressed between the handlebars and the underlying bone.

TIPS TO AVOID HAND NUMBNESS AND TINGLING WHEN BIKING

The most effective way to manage Cyclist’s palsy is to take steps to prevent its occurrence. All riders going for a long bicycle ride should wear adequately padded cycling gloves. The placement of the shock absorbing DoctorGel pads is optimized to reduce the risk of nerve compression. DoctorGel technology is dedicated to keeping cyclists, independent of performance level, comfortable on the ride.
  • Change the position of your hands frequently
  • Ensure your saddle and handlebars are adjusted correctly so that you are not holding your weight on your hands

1 Ulnar and Median Nerve Palsy in Long-distance Cyclists: A Prospective Study Patterson et al.
Am J Sports Med.2003; 31: 585-589

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