Re: ITBS

#18107

r-at-work
Member

if you have that “ice pick” feeling on the outside of your knee it could be ITBS… I did that at mile 22 in 2001, FIND A DOCTOR who doesn’t tell you to stop running… mine (who’s wife is a tri-athlete) said “cross-train” as long as it takes, then sent me for a month of PT… if you google ITBS you will find several sites with stretches to loosen the upper part of the ITB (along the outside of your thigh)… in the mean time ICE and ibuprofen…

besides stretching, be sure youre shoes are decent, never run on the camber of the road (slanted edge) or down a slanted beach… track work can make it worse so be sure to (at least) warm up and cool down in the opposite direction… I was told it it the most common injury and the most treatable… I have not had any serious problems with that since, with good prevention and a little luck you’ll be fine… be careful while it still hurts NOT to run on it as it will alter your stride so much you’ll create other problems…

good luck…

-Rita