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CHRONIC ITB: TIME FOR A NEW STRATEGY OR A NEW DIAGNOSIS?

CHRONIC ITB: TIME FOR A NEW STRATEGY OR A NEW DIAGNOSIS?

For the past two years, I have had iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome in my left knee. It originally occurred when I was training for my first marathon. After completing that marathon and one other, my knee pain went away after several weeks off from running. It reemerged six months later during training for my third marathon, even though I was very careful to increase my mileage slowly and methodically. Any time I ran longer than 10 miles, I had pain on the outside of my knee. I completed the marathon anyway and then another marathon a month later. Although I have now taken four months off from running, I still occasionally feel knee pain when walking considerable distances. I have followed various stretching and strengthening programs without success. I don’t want to begin running until I am pain-free, but I am eager to get back out on the roads. Do you have any suggestions for treating this type of chronic injury? Would surgery be an option?

Doug Crews, Elkton, MD

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