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Addressing Runners Knee Pain

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the most common sources of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists is known as Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), and presents as pain along the outside of the knee as a result of overuse or repetitive motion.  Pain may extend up to the hip along the outside of the thigh.

It happens when the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin (iliotibial band or IT band) is tightened or inflamed. The band is attached to the knee and helps to stabilize and move the joint.  treatment-of-iliotibial-band-syndrome-chiropractor-atlanta.jpg w=600When it isn’t working properly, any type of knee movement become painful, and could possibly sideline an athlete for weeks or even months.

Symptoms are usually worse with activity and better with rest.  Sometimes there can be snapping of the iliotibial band at the hip.

Changes in the training regimen such as increasing distance, running hills, or changing shoes can also contribute to ITBS. It also couldn’t hurt to do some basiccore strengthening exercises.

If you feel this pain, immediately decrease the miles you are running, or take some time off. Walk a quarter to ½ miles before you start to run. Check your shoes for wear along the outside. Run where it is flat, in the middle of the road, and not on concrete. If you are running on a track, constantly change directions.

Make sure to visit your podiatrist to see if you will need some type of orthotics.

Treatment initially includes rest, ice, and stretching.  If symptoms do not improve, ultrasound guided injection may be beneficial.  Changes in activity, bike fitting or specially created and formed shoes may make a big difference. You can also practice planking to strengthen those muscles, but take it slowly.



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Christopher Burton, M.D.

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Christopher Burton, M.D. is a physician, speaker, coach and trainer, practicing in Pensacola, FL. He specialized in Physiatry - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), which is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions - particularly those of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems - that may produce temporary or permanent impairment of function. In addition to his practice, he actively lectures on health, nutrition and exercise for healthcare groups, colleges, schools and travels internationally discussing treatment and rehabilitation of athletes.

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