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IT band - can I join the club?(7 posts)

IT band - can I join the club?Stampertje
Mar 28, 2002 7:27 AM
Just came back from the sports doc - he thinks my knee problems stem from a stiff tractis illiotibialis. Stretch, adjust the fit of my bike (and my cleats) and don't do anything that hurts. And ice when it does.

The bright thing is, as long as it doesn't hurt he's given me the green light :)

So, how long did it take you guys to get back to normal?
re: IT band - can I join the club?gregdogg62
Mar 28, 2002 7:52 AM
When I had a problem with my IT band, it hurt to walk up stairs and to drive my manual transmission car. I took 6 days off with complete rest, and iced it every evening. I was ridng a week later, and racing a week after that.
[group in unison:] Hi Stamper!JS Haiku Shop
Mar 28, 2002 8:27 AM
i'm in my second week of physical therapy (bend like a pretzel, stretch like silly putty, ice like a zamboni, or something), and after two weeks of spinning easy and/or not using the right leg at all on the bike (soft pedaling on the right), i'm back to my standard 10 mile rolling route at around 18 mph, which is at or near my standard speed on that ride.

granted, i had the same problems as others (gregdog, problems on stairs, pain shifting the car, pain on the bike after some time and pushing gears. but, it seems to be getting somewhat better, and my outlook for the season, though not quite as aggressive, is not as devastating as before.

note: i'm wearing a knee brace to keep my kneecap in place. seems they think the IT band is pulling the kneecap over a bit, somehow, and causing secondary problems.

good luck!
Mar 28, 2002 8:51 AM
This website has specific stretches for the ITB. It helped me in just a week or so

good luck. Paul
Mar 28, 2002 9:24 AM
Wow-what a great website! I just spent about 15 minutes of my lunch break doing the stretches shown and I already feel a difference in my troublesome left knee! Thanks for the link!
After seeing a doctor and umpteen weeks with a PT...Kristin
Mar 28, 2002 10:48 AM
..and following (what might be) bad advice to keep riding despite the pain, I finally ran out of money and decided to lay off cycling for 2 months. Since last summer was my first year with a road bike, I figured it wouldn't set me back too badly. As soon as the weather cooperates, I'll start riding again (slowly) and see if it still hurts. Mine IT band pain began in September.
re: IT band - can I join the club?elviento
Mar 28, 2002 10:51 AM
Good luck, brother. I tore my knee ligament while skiing in mid Feb. Still sore. I have done some riding in the past 2 weeks, and got competitive once and rode at around 25mph for maybe 10 miles, now my knee is sore like hell.

Gotta be careful with this thing. A sense of powerlessness when you are injured. Very bad...

Anyway, wish all the injured cyclists get well soon.