Has anyone out there suffered from IT syndrome? How long does it last? Is
there a good way to get rid of it? Any help is appreciated.
The only way I was able to get rid of my IT band problem a few years ago was to
get a strong anti-inflammitory from my doctor. I spent about 3 months trying to
get rid of it on my own to no avail. Mine was right on the insertion point at
the knee on the outside just below the kneecap. Get to a doctor and get on an
anti as soon as possible.
I am new to triathlons, but have been a serious runner for a while. I
too have suffered from IT band syndrome and although it is quite
painful, it is easy to get rid of. At least it was for me. Stretching
is the key. It may be tricky to describe, but here goes...
Line your left shoulder against a wall. Place your left foot in front
and to the right of your right foot. Now stretch your right arm in an
arch back towards the wall. This will stretch the IT band and obliques.
Turn around and stretch the other side.
Do this stretch before and after running. Also, ice immdiately after
running until the pain has subsided for a couple of weeks. Even though
stretching gets put on the bottom of the priority list, myself included,
it is absolutely invaluable for staying injury free.
A good warm up, stretching , ice and anti-inflamatories did help.
The cause of my problem was basically bad biomechanics. To cut a long story
short - because I over protonate badly my IT band was tightening up during
a run (some sort of compensatory thing to do with my running action). I
overcame this with orthotics
which were prescribed by a podiatrist.
Before I got the orthotics I had problems (i.e painful IT band) even with
short runs and long runs were just too painful. Now with the orthotics I'm
regularly doing long runs in preparation for my first ironman. A big thanks
is due to the sports thearapist who spotted the likely cause and referred
me to a podiatrist.
Inland Inferno Triathlon Club
I have chronic IT band problems. Here is how I cope. stretch!. Get Addidas
Ozweego II shoes, they are good if you underpronate. Get an orthist to make a
pair of orthotics. Ibuprofen after a hard run. I did most my preseason running
on a treadmill (flat, cushioned surface, ran a 1:29 half marathon first race of
the season. If you do it right treadmill running will not hurt you).Stretch!
Unless I'm mistaken, I think you mean Iliotibial band syndrome.
I have had problems also, what worked for me was insisting on a cortisone
injection AND myofascial massage...it worked and with proper stretching has
continued to work 2 yrs later.
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