Monday, January 3, 2011
Physical Therapy is Hard/IT Band Syndrome
Well, after having knee pain off and on since mid November, I finally saw the doctor last week. They took x-rays on Monday, and nothing showed up. I met with the orthopedist on Thursday. Diagnosis: IT band syndrome. Cause: weak hips and core. Perscription: Physical therapy and a whole lotta cross training. So after I met with the orthopedist, I went right to physical therapy associated with the University of Rochester with a nice therapist named Amanda. It's funny, when I was younger, I wanted to be a physical therapist. I even spent all of my Saturday mornings in high school volunteering at a PT unit at a local hospital. I eventually came to realize I didn't have the science abilities to do it, which is why went for history instead. Still, I have a tremendous respect for physical therapists, and Amanda was no different. Enthusiastic and smart - just what I needed She had me do some exercises with a band to stretch out my quads/hamstrings and strengthen the IT band. They were hard! She said to do those 2 times a day. Yesterday I got on the elliptical for an hour, and did the same today. No pain on the elliptical, so that will be a big part of my (cross) training, along with swimming.
Went back to physical therapy today for a double session, since I am leaving Rochester tomorrow to go back to DC. This was very intense! Last week, I had 5 exercises to do - she added about 6 more to do. Lots of hip ab/adductions and some others. I was exhausted by the end - the exercises really single out the problem areas. But at the same time, they'll make them a whole lot stronger. I am choosing to be optimistic about this, and I hope this will faciliate an easy return to regular running in the near future. I still very much have my eyes on Boston - it just might be a different kind of training series than normal - less mileage for sure.
I remember seeing Meb K doing some of these exercises in the RW video "Meb Comes Back Again." So, I'll do what the pros are doing - he came in 5th in Boston last year, not too shabby. 2011 is starting off much different than 2010 did, but that doesn't mean I can't be tenacious and subsequently, victorious as I go down this different path. So we'll see. I am learning much more about ITBS, but also about how to strengthen my weak spots too. Here's to strong hips!