ITB syndrome.....I am presently in physical therapy trying to conquer this malady and so far I am not experiencing any relief whatsoever with the program that I am on. My pain is in my left upper/outer hip area and has completely erased any thoughts of running for the time being. Right now I am in a vigorous stretching and strengthening program consisting of several ITB stretches done 3 times (30 seconds each) twice daily along with some pelvic/hip stabilizing exercises. For aerobic benefits I am using the eliptical trainer for 30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week and upper body weight lifting. I guess I am wondering if it's possible to over stretch! One of the stretches I do where I am to lean into a wall really pulls on that hip and hurts to do. I am doing it anyways, but I sure have my reservations about doing something that causes pain... I was also fitted for orthotics because of a leg length difference and a pronation problem, though I'm not allowed to really try them for walking or running until some of this pain subsides. I have been plagued with this problem since mid-July and have been in p.t. for about 3 weeks. Should I be more patient or think about trying something different??
Hi Laura - Read some of the other responses I have given re: ITB issues, and you will find most of your questions addressed. One issue you raise that needs consideration is the question of stretching into painful ranges. I strongly urge you to stretch so you feel tension, but NOT so you feel pain. I also wonder about why you are not wearing your orthotics. ITB Strain is a biomechanical problem, and the orthotics will be a HUGE assistant in reducing the strain on a daily basis. If the PT is not helping, find another therapist.