help! IT band syndrome!

help! IT band syndrome!

Post by Steven Caldwell Ca » Mon, 06 Mar 1995 05:42:12

Can anyone out there lend me some advice on getting over chronic IT band
syndrome?  I think I came down with it while training for the '93 Chicago
Marathon...about a week after the race I started feeling pain in the
outside portion of my right knee that seemed to appear after about 15 to
20 minutes of running.  To make a long story short, in the past year and a
half I've seen 6 M.D.'s, a few physical therapists, and now a running
chiropracter and I still can't seem to shake it.  I'm stretching
everywhich way I can think of to isolate the band plus I'm using both heat
and ice therapy.  Most recently I purchased a "massage stick" that was
written up in runner's world - it functions as a kind of "rolling pin" for
the body.  anyway, I was just wondering if anyone out there has had a
similar experience and could lend some value-added advice beyond the
conventional advice of stretching, running on a flat surface, etc.


Steve Carr

Steven Caldwell Carr
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia, 30332
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Post by Jonathan Acey Albe » Tue, 07 Mar 1995 02:59:37

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I had a similar experience training for the Disney Marathon a couple of
years ago. This is hard for me to tell a runner, but for Pete's sake,
don't try to run through it! I did and I'm still recovering. Try to take
a week or so off completely. I'm not sure what "rolling pin" thing you're
using, but a physical therapist friend got me started using this big
stiff foam cylinder (about 6in. in diameter, 1.5 feet long) in a "rolling
pin" fashion. I would lie down on the floor with the cylinder under the
lateral part of my leg, suspend my body weight on it, and roll back and
forth on it. At first, it was kind of painful, like the deepest massage
I've ever experienced. Later though, it really loosened my IT band up
without pain. Your PT might be able to order one through a catalog if
that's not what you're using. It was the only thing that worked for me.
And the best part is, you can use it anytime; I'd watch TV, read the
paper, do homework, and roll... That's all I know to tell you. Do make
sure that your cycling position is correct, though. If it is, you can
cycle (stay away from big gears) to maintain cardiovascular

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Post by pjwo » Tue, 07 Mar 1995 10:56:58


>Can anyone out there lend me some advice on getting over chronic IT band

Only one thing worked for me... a localized steriod shot of a cortisone derivative.
Find a good Orthopedist who has had experience with steriod shots.  If the shot is done
correctly it is not absorbed into the major organs, and it is not painful.  My
doctor numbs the area with a skin freeze spray, injects a little novacane and then
the steriod.  The shot lasts from 4 - 8 months for me.  When my IT band is OK I do
heavy excerices that help strengthen the muscles and tendons/ligaments around the
knee (i.e. hamstring curls, calf raises, etc.) and always stretch.  Before I was
getting the shot I couldn't run a half mile, now I am doing training runs form 13
to 20 miles.  One other thing is have a trainer/coach make sure you are running
with proper form and SHOES (may want to try some shoes that are more stable in the
heel area or talk to a knowledgeble person and show them a well used pair of shoes).
Just remember a few bucks more for good shoes is a lot cheaper than one Dr's visit.

PJ Wolf


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Post by Larry Gentilel » Fri, 10 Mar 1995 21:56:10


> Can anyone out there lend me some advice on getting over chronic IT band
> syndrome?

Some people never respond to these treatments.  In such cases there is a
minor surgical procedure that is available.  It should not be used prior
to trying other treatments, but some people cannot shake this and are
either forced to give up exercising, or have it released.  Example: Joan
Benoit Samuelson.

help! IT band syndrome!

Post by Scott Roehrbo » Mon, 13 Mar 1995 09:56:11

You may want to check out the Feb. issue of Runners World.  They have
a pretty good article on IT band treatment along with the 5 other
most common running injuries( i.e. Achilles Tendinitis, Chondromalacia,
IT band syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, and shinsplints)  They discuss the
injury, what may have caused it, how to treat it, how to prevent it, and
who to go to if self treatment isn't helping much.

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Post by Jbalog » Tue, 21 Mar 1995 12:17:03

I had a chronic IT problem that I origionally thought was tendonitus in my
knee, as did my orthopedist. Well, my orthopedist's "rest" prescription
and antiinflamitories still left me with chronic pain. My massage
therapist theorized that it was my IT band and it was related to tightness
in the hip area.  Since, I  have streatched my hip out everyday and
receive massage to loosen and realign my hip and ***area.  It has worked
wonders and I am no longer uncomfortable or in any pain.  So before you
invest in those expensive orthopedists and subject yourself to shots, try
a good massage therapist!