Triathlon - Anyone else have IT band pain?
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06-30-05, 02:33 PM
I have brutal pain on the left side of my knee. It only flares up after I run. The Doc confirmed that it's IT pain. Anyone else suffer from this? and does it go away?
I'm slowly getting over it after completing my first sprint tri a couple weeks back. First hit me appx 5 weeks before my tri, so I laid back on the run/bike training.
Type "ITB Syndrome" into Google, and you'll find all kinds of info ...
I had major IT problems 3 years ago & ended up with surgery b/c I didn't rest it enough. I tore it off the bone & split it in half. I'm going to recommend that you buy the best cushion shoes you can afford, decrease your mileage significantly & ice, ice, ice on the days that you do run. Anti inflammatories are helpful if you tolerate Aleve or Motrin.
I didn't take my symptoms seriously. I should have & now I have titanium screws in my leg as a result of my "this can't be happening & if it is, I'll gut it out" way of thinking. I train completely differently that I used to.
Get a foam roller! And roll as often as you can. I had this problem and this seems to do the trick. Also, ice as previously stated.
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07-09-05, 08:10 PM
you know what's made the biggest difference in my IT band pain? stetching it out. That simple. If you're intrested, pm me for some specific stretches and i'll be happy to fill you in.
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