Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ITB Syndrome

That was the diagnosis! Thank goodness it wasn't anything else more serious.

I don't want to take this lightly, by any means. But considering everything that could have been wrong, the diagnosis of ITBS was something comforting to me.

I arrived at the doctor's office 20 minutes pre-appointment time. Wanted to have plenty of time to complete the loads of paperwork you have to fill out prior to a first visit. I was promptly escorted to the x-ray room and the nice x-ray tech was very cordial and professional.

Following a very brief wait in examining room 2, the doctor came in. He asked me to describe the pain and show him where it hurt. "You're a runner, aren't you?" he asked. "Yes sir, I am. And a triathlete as well. This episode occurred while I was running a half marathon this past Saturday."

"Oh, I see. And I suppose you want me to fix it so that you can run the marathon in April, right?" He said with a smile. By his expression I could tell that he understood where I was coming from. "Yes sir, I do"

"Well, the good news is that there's absolutely nothing wrong with your knee, see (he showed me the x-ray) well at least nothing that we can't fix with a little physical therapy and a low dose anti-inflammatory" He continued. "We'll get you a few sessions with the pt and if you follow instructions, you should be good as new"!

"My only question now would be: can I continue to train and run?" I said. "It depends on how much pain you have and how much you can take...but you need to be smart about it." he replied.

"Will it do any further damage if I continue to run with pain?"

"No, unless you're not following your pt instructions"

Follow instructions, are you kidding? Obviously I will follow instructions.

So when do I start pt?


  1. hey there
    well the good news is that there is no structural damage. and somehow, mysteriously, i see you becoming good friends with a foam roller. i was reading about the IT band yesterday and will send you a link. it was a very information article.

    you can run - you can stretch and you'll rock the next race. its in you.

  2. Awesome. Glad to hear nothing is torn or broken.
    I had ITBS the last two years and the foam roller and sitting and rolling around on a tennis or lacrosse ball under my glut has made a HUGE difference.

    Hope you are back to normal soon!

  3. Good post, you may want to consider Active Release Techniques for this condition in conjunction with exercise and activities of daily living modifications. This is our YouTube Video on Plantar Fasciitis .


    All the best Dr. Brian Abelson