Runners Knee

“County-time” required for injuries.

As more and more people understand the rewards that a fitness regime brings, more and more of these individuals inexplicably develop pings and pangs from their new lifestyle. There are always a proportionate amount of experts that lay in wake ready to offer their opinions about how to go about treating these sorry souls.

Thus, the field of Sports Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine has been booming. Most often injuries occur from poor biomechanics. Unfortunately, some of the injuries occur from poorly designed exercises. Instead of helping the individual the movement exacerbates their injury. Even with the best college try to modify the exercise, it may not be appropriate for everyone.

In order to help, watch their movement patterns: how they walk, stand and play. It is from this analysis we can determine this persons chance for success. From pattern analysis we can discover if foot support will help or possibly be just a re-educative process in the position of play. The first option is to do as little changing as possible to the gait cycle (walking) of the athlete as this may have a symbiotic price to pay in their ankles, knees, hips, or worst of all the back.

In Runners Knee for example, or “Ilio Tibial Band Syndrome” as it’s clinically known, it’s often caused by overworked or overstressed usage of a band that runs the outside of the leg. It’s main function is to hold in the muscles of the leg and to stabilize the knee. The outside of the knee is clipped continually and brings about the syndrome of inflammation between the knee and the band.

Whenever you exercise your intensity climbs; with this increase the risk for injury runs parallel to your effort. At any moment of exertion, these parallel ascending lines can exchange position – and you’re injured!

Follow these guidelines if you injure or irritate the IT Band:

1) Run gently. Upon pain stop at once.
2) Don’t run, do other sports until your knee is better (cycling will also inflame this situation).
3) Ice after exercise for 10-15 min.
4) Wrong type or old shoes need to be turfed!
5) Avoid hills until better.
6) Run the pained knee on the high side of a cambered hill.
7) Treatment from a proven source to manually assist you.
8) Specific stretches as instructed.
9) Only your Doctor knows if your require foot supports.
10) Slowly increase running as pain tolerates.
11) Your Doctor may reluctantly request a Cortisone shot.


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