2014 MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl Undergo Arm Surgery

Dani Pedrosa had arm pump surgery after the Jerez test, just like Stefan Bradl 1 photo
One more surgery for Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl, each, after the end of the post-race tests in Jerez. Both riders had experienced pains in their arms during the Spanish Grand Prix last Sunday, and it was easy for their physicians to relate their discomfort with arm pump.
Dani Pedrosa traveled to Barcelona and Dr. Xavier Mir at the Dexeus-Quiron University hospital was the one who carried out his right forearm surgery. The LCR Honda rider flew to Wertingen, in his native Germany, and had Doctor Wolfgang Streifinger carry out the procedure, on the same hand as Pedrosa.

Arm pump and simptoms related to it (pain, numbness and occasional lack of feel in the affected hand) is one of the common affliction affecting riders. Arm pump is triggered by the excessive workout of certain muscles during exercises or prolonged effort during a race.

Muscles literally swell past the capacity of the muscular sack, and this leads to the veins being prevented to convey the needed amounts of fresh, oxygen-rich blood. This in turn, leads to the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles, triggering the burn sensation and overall weakness. The muscle casings stretch much less than the muscles themselves, and in severe cases, small incisions must be made in order to restore the blood flow and reduce the negative effects of arm pump.

The surgery is minimally-invasive and after a couple of days of rest, riders can slowly start using their hands to train again. Both Pedrosa and Bradl will be up and in  good shape for the Free Practice sessions ahead of the next MotoGP round at Le Mans, in France, May 16-18.
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