Thank you SOOOOOO much for all of your comments on my last post. Hearing about your experiences with this injury and all of your advice has been so incredibly helpful.
Luckily one of my good friends in a physical therapist, and her first word of advice was absolutely no running for 7 days. She said I could do the bike or elliptical as long as it didn’t hurt, but that I had to take a break from running. Today is day 6, and I miss it so much. I can’t wait to try tomorrow with *hopefully* no pain.
I do research for a living, so there is no surprise that I have been researching everything and anything I can find on this injury. With all of that research and all of your stories that you left on my last post, I think I finally have my head wrapped around this injury.
At first I was treating it like any other injury – ice and ibuprofen, stretch and roll. Well, I’ve learned that may treat your pain symptoms, but does almost nothing for the actual injury itself. Apparently the best way to treat and prevent IT band injuries is to strengthen and stretch your glutes – particularly your gluteus medius. This is where the IT band originates and stabilizes, so it makes sense that this is where you need to focus your exercises.
I’ll be doing a lot of clam shells, bridges, side kicks and lunges. The most helpful article I found was actually on Pinterest, and it is long but so worth the read if you have ever had this injury —–> article here.
Since I have no running related news to report over here, I guess I’ll fill you in on everything else that has been going on in my life.
I’m getting married in 26 DAYS!!!! We went and picked up this bad boy on Friday after taking an oath that we were not first cousins…
We had one of our last pre-wedding events this past weekend. My bridesmaid Stephanie hosted a Stock the Bar party for us at her house. Everyone brought us an alcohol gift and we may or may not have drank 50% of our gifts at the party, but we had a blast.
Something else I learned during my research – IT band injuries are usually a sign that it’s time for new shoes. I’ve been in need of new shoes for a while now, but was trying to decide if I wanted to stick with my Glycerins or go back to my favorite Brooks shoe – the Ghost. Well, the Ghost won and I got them in the mail yesterday. It’s very hard to get new running shoes and not be able to use them, but hopefully they will only have to wait another day or two!
Do you obsessively research injuries? Or do you just go to a doctor like a normal person?
Married friends – what is your wedding date? How long have you been married?