And now Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome (ITBS) has reared its ugly head. Many, many websites state that ITBS is the most common cause of lateral knee pain. Whether it’s the most common, is running a close second, or even trailing in third place…it doesn’t really matter.
What matters is that it’s a very real problem in cyclists.
And much more important than any of that dribble, I’m now having problems with my IT band. Nothing supplants that statistic in my opinion. Just kidding, of course.
But…be honest now. If this issue wasn’t a problem in your miserable life, you’d have moved on to another page a paragraph ago. I’ll bet you’re the center of your universe, and in being so, you’re missing out on the joy of my narcissistic perspective.
Anyway…iliotibial band tightness worsens with cycling and if you’re not doing something about it, you’re destined for knee pain (the IT band is a lateral stabilizer of the knee), hip pain (the IT band goes over the femur), petulance, or even the plague.
Most of my patients don’t give a rat’s hind-end about the why’s or what’s of their problems. I’ll assume you may be in that category…so without more ado, I’m presenting solutions!
Perform Self-Myofascial Release
You can go to a health care provider, get myofascial release performed, and then get billed. Or you can first try this foam roll technique…
An Effective Stretch (Or Two) For The IT Band…
There are many videos put out by health care professionals, but this ‘living room’ demo may beat them all!
The Grand Daddy of IT Band Videos!
For those with a decent attention span, here’s a 9 minute video demonstrating mucho IT band data.
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