IT Band syndrome

IT Band syndrome

Post by Tristan Fiedler - Grad Stude » Thu, 16 Nov 1995 04:00:00

anybody have experience curing/healing IT band syndrome, caused by running?

Tristan Fiedler M.Sc.


IT Band syndrome

Post by Parker Ree » Fri, 17 Nov 1995 04:00:00

I've got IT Band syndrome, and there is absolutely no easy cure:  I've
had cortisone shots, changed shoes, had physical therapy for two+ months,
and lived on ice & ibuprofen.  Relief comes and goes, but even walking
around the block can be a pain if I'm not religious about my stretching &

I received a large number of e-mails when I polled the running page for
an answer and got essentially two groups of replies--the first was their
problem cleared up quickly by stretching & ice & anti-inflammatory.  The
other group (smaller) said have surgery.  Its quick and it works 99% of
the time.  I'm seeing the doctor tomorrow to get scheduled based on my
lack of success.

Don't know if thats what you're looking for, but coming from someone who
can't bike or run because of it, I wish you a speedy recovery if you've
got it.



IT Band syndrome

Post by TriDan » Fri, 17 Nov 1995 04:00:00

I've had a problem with the upper part of IT band where it rolls over the
hip, and the
only thing that has helped is deep cross-friction by a sports massage
I tried ortotics, ***, and different shoes, but none of them worked.
Massage therapy and lots of IT stretches seems to keep it at bay.
Good Luck
Dan Herrema


IT Band syndrome

Post by MAX1 » Sat, 18 Nov 1995 04:00:00

I had a bad case which was cured three years ago and had not come back by
"Structural Therapy."  This is deep tissue massage similar to rolfing.
Lisa Alamar at "Body by Alamar" in Oak Park, IL is a licensed structural
therapist and is outstanding.  It's definitely worth a few visits.  She
may be able to put you in touch with her professional association who
would know of someone in your area.

By the way, don't mention "rolfing" to a structural therapy person. There
are some very strange political/legal problems.  Good luck!


IT Band syndrome

Post by Anthony H » Thu, 23 Nov 1995 04:00:00

>I got a severe case of ITB syndrome-so bad I could hardly even
>walk.  You're not going to like this, but the only things that
>worked for me were:

>1.  Rest-at least 6 weeks without running (I know, this
>    really sucks).

>2.  Aggressively stretching the hamstrings.

>Since starting a serious stretching regimen, I haven't
>had any probs with my ITB (5 years!).

It's true - stretching really does work.  But there are some other's you can
do.  Ask a physio - they're quite difficult to explain in words.

The other thing I found is that you don't have to completely stop running.  
The trick is to run short distances but the second you feel the pain coming
on, stop running.  The distance at which you feel the pain coming should
increase gradually.  Doing this shouldn't agrevate the injury.

Hope this helps

Anthony Ham                                 __o      o
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