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I seem to have developed Iliotibial band syndrome.. Has anyone got any triedand trusted methods for a cure.... Is it better to rest or to stretch/ use a cross trainer or use some tape?
Had same problem last year and at one point thought that I'd have to give up running completely. Then read on here about using a foam roller so bought one from Argos (cheap enough) and have never looked back. Physio just aggrevated it, orthotics helped for a while but using the roller on a regular basis seems to have sorted it for me. Gotta be worth a try
I'm currently recovering from a second bout (which struck at mile 18 of a marathon last weekend).
Last Sunday I could barely walk - I did all these things and today it's more or less fine. Good luck!
I'm currently suffering with ITB as well. As Flippaah said but with the difference of I have stopped running altogether for the last 2 weeks and wont run again for another 3 or so weeks. For the two weeks prior to that I was running 2/3 miles at a very slow pace for me but I kept getting the pain in the knee. I decided on seeing a physio who confirmed pretty much what I already knew and told me the quickest way to completely recover from ITB was to stop running for 4/6 weeks. He also gave me some of the above exercises and a couple more as well: single leg squats on the stairs/steps - face downwards and squat with your 'bad' knee for 2 x 10 reps. There is another good exercise which stretches the ITB (cant remember what its called) but I sit down and rest my foot (of the leg with the injury) on my other knee and gently push down on my injured leg. Then I push my chest forwards and I can feel the ITB stretching and keep pushing gently so it stretches even more. Using a foam roller also replicates the massageing action of the physio - although I focus on doing it from the knee to the hip whereas Flippaaah suggested the hip to the knee. No idea if it makes any difference or not. I also dont know if all of this is working or not as I'm not running and the only time I was getting any pain was when I ran. Does anyone else get any pain when not running ?
Each to their own David, each to their own
You seem to have been told off many times today too....
I wonder if the cause of ITB is people getting their knickers in a twist
Ohhh.... interesting post, cheers.