AS an MD, a triathlete and a fellow sufferer, I want to point out an
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
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.
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.
> 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
> I don't take anti-inflamatories (sp?) anymore.
> > 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.