IT band syndrome

IT band syndrome

Post by Harro » Tue, 23 Sep 2003 14:36:44


I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
cartilige damage.

Regards, Harrow.

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Post by CuperMa » Tue, 23 Sep 2003 17:59:18

I rested from running for six weeks earlier this year with an IT band problem and it solved the problem for me. During this time i did continue swimming and [lots] cycling. I didn't do any high impact work at all - not even running for a bus !!

If you have completely rested then my two pennies worth would be that six weeks is a long time and you should see a specialist.

Regs, Mark

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Henderso » Tue, 23 Sep 2003 21:33:44



Quote:
> I rested from running for six weeks earlier this year with an IT band
> problem and it solved the problem for me. During this time i did
> continue swimming and [lots] cycling. I didn't do any high impact work
> at all - not even running for a bus !!

> If you have completely rested then my two pennies worth would be that
> six weeks is a long time and you should see a specialist.

> Regs, Mark

I agree. For some people, even cycling has to go during the recovery
period. IT Bands are like Brian Wagner, once they get inflamed, they stay
that way a long time, and even a little aggravation sets them off all
over again. They take a long time to get over it.

Tom

 
 
 

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Post by Bob Creasot » Tue, 23 Sep 2003 22:55:29

I had this also. I took some strong prescription anti inflamatories which
worked wonders. I also did some cycling. I haven't had the problem since (6+
months ago). Be careful though and just keep an eye on it.

good luck

Bob


Quote:
> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

> Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
> close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
> think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
> cartilige damage.

> Regards, Harrow.

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Post by Bill » Wed, 24 Sep 2003 00:00:05

Quote:
> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

> Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
> close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
> think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
> cartilige damage.

Have you been able to do any physical therapy for it?

Stretching, strengthening, etc.?

 
 
 

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Post by onemaratho » Wed, 24 Sep 2003 05:04:26



Quote:


> > I rested from running for six weeks earlier this year with an IT band
> > problem and it solved the problem for me. During this time i did
> > continue swimming and [lots] cycling. I didn't do any high impact work
> > at all - not even running for a bus !!

> > If you have completely rested then my two pennies worth would be that
> > six weeks is a long time and you should see a specialist.

> > Regs, Mark

> I agree. For some people, even cycling has to go during the recovery
> period. IT Bands are like Brian Wagner, once they get inflamed, they stay
> that way a long time, and even a little aggravation sets them off all
> over again. They take a long time to get over it.

> Tom

you've got that right  :(

Cam

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IT band syndrome

Post by onemaratho » Wed, 24 Sep 2003 05:05:43


Quote:

> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

> Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
> close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
> think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
> cartilige damage.

> Regards, Harrow.

get thee to a sports doctor. in six weeks, an inflamed IT band ought to
be feeling better. must be something else, or at least in addition to
the IT band thing.

best of luck,

Cam

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Post by onemaratho » Wed, 24 Sep 2003 05:11:09


Quote:

> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

> Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
> close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
> think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
> cartilige damage.

> Regards, Harrow.

if you are certain it is the IT band only, and nothing else  going on,
you might try *rolling* the band rather than (or in addition to)
stretching it. i have resorted, in the past - and may again shortly, to
lying on my side on the floor with a rolling pin under the offending
leg, and keeping my legs straight, use my arms to roll around on that
rolling pin, hitting all of the bad spots along the edge of the leg. it
can hurt like hell, but start out gently and eventually you can lean
into it and work out the problem spots. the key is *gently* to begin
with, or you may hurt it further. like a massage... ease into it, then
apply more pressure after the area is warmed up.

best of luck,

Cam

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Post by trihar » Wed, 24 Sep 2003 09:54:34

Do you have access to any ART
practitioners?(http://www.activerelease.com/about.asp)

It is a form of myofascial release and can do wonders for ITB syndrome.
(ART breaks down adhesions that form during the healing process, that might
cause continued discomfort)

good luck!


Quote:
> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

> Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
> close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
> think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
> cartilige damage.

> Regards, Harrow.

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Post by StanS » Wed, 24 Sep 2003 10:43:48

Not to discourage you...I damaged my IT band the week before my goal race of
the year (in May).  I did collegiate nationals on it, then Wildflower 1/2 a
week later.  After that, I did nothing...no cycling, no running, no swimming
for 3 months.  During this time, I had physical therapy, stretched & Rolled
& RICE'd every night, and most recently had ART myofascial release...It's
better, and I'm cycling and swimming, but still no running...It really
depends how bad you damaged it to begin with.

The website below is the absolute best one out there on ITB syndrome, and
how to reciver:

http://www.itbs.info/

Here's to hoping we are both better soon.

StanSD


Quote:
> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

> Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
> close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
> think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
> cartilige damage.

> Regards, Harrow.

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Post by M Kochans » Wed, 24 Sep 2003 23:52:35

I work thru it.  I've had issues with IT Band on/off for 4 years now.
It sucks, but I won't let it stop me.

Not all of this will work for you, but here is what works for me.

Run on trails, or at least stay off the pavement.  During your runs,
alternate the side of the trail/road, as to do ith how
roadways/sidewalks tend to be inclined away from the centerline, for
water drainage.  Stretch, roller, massage, all these are good.

There are IT band straps or wraps available.  Place it just above your
knee.

I don't take anti-inflamatories (sp?) anymore.

MK

Quote:

> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

> Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
> close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
> think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
> cartilige damage.

> Regards, Harrow.

 
 
 

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Post by Matthew and Lisa Michael » Thu, 25 Sep 2003 09:40:38

AS an MD, a triathlete and a fellow sufferer, I want to point out an
important issue.
People inevitably want to stretch this problem away when the vast majority
of the time the problem seems to be weakness, not tightness.
See a Sports doc, even though I know most of them are WORTHLESS.
You will end up at a physical therapist even though most of them are
WORTHLESS.
EVERY now and then you find a good one worth their weight in gold.  You know
them. They actually ask you QUESTIONS, LISTEN to the answers, then they
TOUCH you (heaven forbid.)
If a doc doesn't go through this process do not go back.
Look for a PT CERTIFIED in Mckenzie therapy or if you are really lucky you
will find a diplomate.
http://www.mckenziemdt.org/

The best sports docs in general are Physiatrists (physical medicine and
rehabilitation) although many of these are jokers too.
Ultimately it is the individual, not the specialty that makes the doc.
Most likely you are weak in your hams, and your gluteus medius. If you get
on a good program to strengthen these you will likely be well on your way to
running again in 6 weeks.


Quote:
> I work thru it.  I've had issues with IT Band on/off for 4 years now.
> It sucks, but I won't let it stop me.

> Not all of this will work for you, but here is what works for me.

> Run on trails, or at least stay off the pavement.  During your runs,
> alternate the side of the trail/road, as to do ith how
> roadways/sidewalks tend to be inclined away from the centerline, for
> water drainage.  Stretch, roller, massage, all these are good.

> There are IT band straps or wraps available.  Place it just above your
> knee.

> I don't take anti-inflamatories (sp?) anymore.

> MK




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Quote:
> > I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> > running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

> > Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
> > close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
> > think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
> > cartilige damage.

> > Regards, Harrow.

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Anderse » Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:27:13

Quote:



>> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
>> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

>> Anyway, I have been laid up for SIX WEEKS so far, and it still isn't
>> close to better. Is this a ridiculous length of time? It's making me
>> think there maybe more to my injury, such as possible ligament or
>> cartilige damage.

>> Regards, Harrow.

> get thee to a sports doctor. in six weeks, an inflamed IT band ought to
> be feeling better. must be something else, or at least in addition to
> the IT band thing.

  I agree with the "get to a doctor," but not with the "must be something
else" part - I had IT problems that took me out for months until I
started treating them properly.  A combination of stretching, strengthening,
massage, icing, rest, and NSAIDs eventually did the trick, but IT problems
can be tricky.  Oh, and getting a more appropriate pair of shoes for my
feet.  Google for some past responses about this issue in rec.running,
you'll find some good advice.

  -Dave

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Post by onemaratho » Fri, 26 Sep 2003 09:37:05



Quote:
> Most likely you are weak in your hams, and your gluteus medius. If you get
> on a good program to strengthen these you will likely be well on your way to
> running again in 6 weeks.

have you learned this thru experience? i'd just like to know what
muscles to target so that i can move past this recurring ITBS. thanks
for any further info.

Cam

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IT band syndrome

Post by Leo » Sun, 28 Sep 2003 04:17:56

Quote:

> I have an inflammed IT band, due to increasing the distance of my
> running too quickly (went from 12 km to 18 km in one go).

Try the below.  it worked for me.

http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/itband.html
Iliotibial band stretch