Return to Running
After an ITBS Injury
ITB Band Syndrome and Your Road to Recovery
Iliotibial band syndrome may be one of the most common injuries for runners, but it doesn’t usually have to end your running forever. In fact, most patients who suffer from an ITB injury can return to their running activities after proper treatment and recovery. The key to that return lies in combatting the injury at its source by getting the right therapy to expedite your healing.
Get the Right IT Band Syndrome Treatment
When it comes to treating IT band syndrome, it is important to focus on the right goals. Those include mitigating symptoms like inflammation, pain, and lost range of motion; osteopathic manipulation stretching exercise to help loosen the tightened tissue of the iliotibial band; and IT band syndrome exercises designed to strengthen key areas of the body.
Because ITB injuries are painful and restrict normal movement, it is important to treat symptoms as well as the root causes. Treating these symptoms usually involves:
- The use of ice packs and heat to reduce inflammation and swelling
- Pain relief efforts that can include everything from medication to massage
- It is important to suspend running and most rigorous activities to give tissue time to heal
- Elevation of the knee
Reducing the Tightness in the IT Band
These injuries are caused by tightening of the iliotibial band, so effective treatment must also focus on dealing with that root cause. IT band stretches, manual manipulation, and similar therapies can be an effective way to help reduce tightness in those tissues. These treatments are conservative in nature, non-invasive, and highly effective for alleviating tightness and promoting the healing process.
Strengthening Muscles to Reduce the Load
Weakness in the hips, thighs, and core can contribute to imbalances that increase the load on the IT band. That overload can contribute to the irritation and tightening that causes IT band syndrome. Fortunately, those areas can be strengthened to help take stress off the IT band and reduce the risk of recurring injuries. There are specific IT band exercises that target those key areas of the body.
How Osteopathic Care Can Help Get You Running Again
A competent osteopath can provide the care you need to overcome IT band syndrome and return to running. In addition to treating pain and other symptoms, osteopathic care offers the noninvasive manual manipulation, stretching, strengthening, and other technique needed to aid in your quick recovery. For patients in New York City, Leonid Tafler, D.O. provides effective osteopathic care for runner’s knee and other painful conditions that impact normal activity and lifestyle.
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If you are experiencing IT band syndrome symptoms, contact us today to schedule a convenient appointment time. Dr. Tafler will provide the examination and diagnosis you need, and work with you to develop the right osteopathic treatment plan to alleviate your pain and inflammation, expedite your body’s natural healing process, and help to get you up and running once again.