Can’t make that race or just need to get rid of that niggle in your knee?
- Are you feeling pain in the knee only when running?
- Does it stop you mid-run or stops you in your tracks?
Then you probably have runners knee or the more specific term of Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS).
You may have just increased your running mileage or your running speed and this pain can not come at a more awkward time for you. You may be only a few weeks from the event you are training for. Yes it means resting for a bit, but it doesn’t mean the end of your running regimen for good.
What is ITBS(Iliotibial Band Syndrome or “Runners Knee”)?
The ITB is a fibrous structure that runs down the length of the exterior thigh from the Pelvic crest (Hips) and inserts below the knee cap. It becomes ‘over-loaded’ when you train too intensely or make a change to your training program. Mechanically it can be caused from weak posterior muscles but you will feel pain or weakness in the knee which occurs every time you run, more often around the 7-9 mile stage in your training. It can happen in both sprinters and long-distance runners.
When I see ITB patients in the clinic they usually start their reason for coming to the clinic with “I was training away perfectly and got to 7 – 10 mile stage when….”
- Initially rest from running for at least a week. You can continue aerobic non-impact training like swimming or cycling but until you receive the right treatment, less impact on the knee the better.
- In the treatment room: Ultra sound to the fibrous structure of the IT Band to reduce inflammation, deep tissue massage to increase blood flow and ease pressure and dry needling for pain relief.
- Gait analysis to see what is going on mechanically in the pelvis and hip area to see why the discomfort began in the first place.
- Rehabilitative stretching and strengthening exercises to the posterior chain and quad muscles to prevent this from happening again and enhance your running technique for good.
Other Running Injuries treated at the clinic:
- Hip inflammation
- Plantar Fascitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Calf strain
- Shin Splints
- Pelvic imbalance causing lower back pain
- Patellar-femoral tendonitis (Inflammation of the tendons attached to the knee cap)