GPOYSW: ‘X’-Marks-the-Spot-of-my-Knee-Issues Edition
I haven’t really been blogging about running (or my lack of) lately, or my knee issues, as a) I’m lazy and b) I figure 99.9% of you just don’t care. But I decided for my personal reference, and if on the odd chance I can help someone out, I’m going to blog away….
History: There was no specific injury, the knee pain (where the ‘x’ is) just decided (for shits and giggles) to pop up when I hit my longer distances (about 7k+). It hurts like a bitch with every step, and don’t even get me started on going down stairs.
Action: After using Dr. Google and Dr. Tumblr, I decided to take advantage of Canada’s free health care and get an actual sport Doctor’s opinion. He diagnosed me with IT Band Syndrome (which is very common for runners: new and old) and is usually from “too much, too fast.”
Physio: He referred me to a physiotherapist, which certainly wasn’t free (umm what? $65 for 30 min!) which I went to for an hour, initial session. She was awesome and it was well worth it. She told me to stay off my knee in all aspects (hence no trainer lately either) for the time being, and she gave me exercises/stretches to do, to lengthen my IT Band, and thus take the pressure off my knee.
Exercises: I bought a foam roller! See next post.