IT band help
I've been to a physio and got a diagnosis for IT band probs. It's kind of ongoing - comes and goes. The physio seems unsure why I get it. She says that the tendon is tighter than it should be and pulling the kneecap down onto the tissue behind it, which causes slight pain. But she also says that the muscles on the inside of my legs, near the knee are well developed which should in thoery keep it in check.
I trust her. And the tendon does feel tight, even to my untrained fingers. She's shown my some stretches and told me to physically pull and push the tenden to stretch it, but I can;t help thinking that maybe the stretching is actually making it worse somehow. I don't know.
I use normal pedals and have been told by physio to drop saddle a bit and turn my foot outward a little. It has worked (I think), but I've never shaken the problem for long.
I cycle my daughter to school on my bike (which has a saddle on the crossbar). This requires me to cycle with my knees further out than is normal. COuld this cause it, or could it actually ease it as it requires me to cycle with my foot turned outwards (also, if it caused it, would it not cause it in both knees not just one).
I went for a 30 mile ride at the weekend, and have felt it all this week. I've got a short tour planned (250 miles) in April and really don't want it to affect it or be affected by it. Is it likely to just rummble on, or might it become debilitating if I push it too much?
A lot of questions, I know, but I'm a bit perplexed. It came on really suddenly, and like I said, I simply can;t shake it for long.
Also, are there any suppliment one can take to maybe help it?
Any help gratefully accepted.