This week I’m linking up with Deb from Debruns for her Wednesday Word weekly linkup. This week’s word is nuisance. The first thing that came to my mind for this word was my IT band!
So, what exactly is IT Band Syndrome?
According to Runner’s World, “Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It occurs when the iliotibial band, the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, is tight or inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee (and, therefore, running) becomes painful. IT band pain can be severe enough to completely sideline a runner for weeks, or even longer.”
My IT band started acting up in the Fall of 2015. I was at the tail end of my goal to run 15 half marathons that year and I think all of the races and training for the races led to that injury. That and my lack of hip strengthening exercise made the injury worse. I can clearly remember one race where it felt like I was literally dragging my leg because I was in so much pain. I had to stop and walk for an extended period of time just to continue the race. After my last half marathon in early November, I went to a doctor to get the proper diagnosis. I had to take a few weeks off running and ended up going to physical therapy 2-3 times a week for 2 months. I slowly eased back into running in December and it seemed okay….
Fast forward to this summer and my IT band issue was back with a vengeance, but this time it was on other leg. Say what?! Talk about a complete nuisance! Here I was thinking that it was over and it decides to come back on the other leg (which I have been told is rare). Of course this happened right after my battle with runner’s knee and right before I was to start marathon training (oh joy)! I discussed this with my running coach and she recommended Active Release Therapy (ART).
I’ve been doing ART for about 4 months and it’s been an absolute blessing! I see Dr. Stu once a week and attribute to this as a big reason why I’ve been able to have a pretty healthy training cycle. Dr. Stu gave me tons of hip strengthening exercises and I do those daily. He also suggested that I foam roll twice a day and I do that as well. Sure, it’s painful and sometimes I don’t want to do the exercises, but I can tell you that it works! Well that and also KT Tape, just as a precaution!
If you’ve ever dealt with this nuisance, I hope that some of these suggestions help you in dealing with the injury.
Do you have anything in your life that is a nuisance?