I am a 22-year-old medical student. Given the constraints on my time, I have
started running in order to keep my workout short yet effective. I am not in
"training" by any means -- just using running as a cardio exercise to keep me in
Recently I have noticed a pain in the lateral aspect of my knee -- above the
head of the fibula and lateral to the inferior portion of the patella. It seems
to diminish after I walk or run for a few minutes but is extremely stiff and
sore in the morning when I first get out of bed. It also tends to bother me a
bit when walking up or down stairs. I am wondering if this is an ITB problem or
something else? I would love to know the stretches you recommend for this
problem, as well as treatments for prevention.
Sounds like an ITB strain to me. One good stretch is to lie on your back, your
sore leg crossed over your (straight) other leg. Your injured foot shoul dbe at
your uninjured knee. bend the uninjured leg so that you can grab your thigh, and
bring it up to your chest.