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Old 04-21-13, 09:51 PM   #1
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IT-Band issues while riding... Can't ride for more than a few miles...

Hello Folks,

Earlier this year I injured myself while cycling. Basically, after going up a bunch of hardcore hills with my road bike, I started getting a sharp pain on the lateral (outside) portion of my right knee. It got worse until I got home. Eventually, I couldn't bare to ride or run at all as my knee would be in so much pain within only a couple minutes. I went to a orthopedic physician who diagnosed me with Chrondomalacia Patella (runner's knee), although my particular issue is more consistent with an IT-band issue. I've gone through Physical Therapy for over a month and can run for miles (on treadmill and rubber track) and ride a gym bike for pretty much ever with absolutely no pain. However, after about 2 miles on my road bike again, my knee is back in pain. My mountain bike gives me the same problem.

Has anyone had similar experiences? If so, what did you use/do to alleviate the problem?
I'm almost positive this is not a bike-fit issue. I have been riding these bikes for years with no problems up until my injury.
If it means anything, I don't ride clipless. I ride platforms on my MTB and toe clips on my road bike. I use Rock Tape which helps a lot, but ultimately the pain shows up. I also maintain a light (slightly high) cadence since my injury, but that doesn't seem to help at all.

I realize this is not a thread full of educated doctors who can assess my particular situation... just hoping someone out there has more insight than the doctors who have been helping me but don't ride a bike themselves.

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It could be how your bike is setup. Maybe talk to a fitter and have them do a quick check of you riding the bike (on a trainer) and see if there is an obvious issue with how you're pedaling. Might be an easy and cheap fix.
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1. What is your cadence like?

2. Do you wear tights when you ride?
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