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Let’s chat about injury’s

I thought I’d use todays post to talk about what’s going on with my leg.  For those of you who read on a daily basis you know I’ve been going to physical therapy since March 29, for help with my knee and hip.  For all you newer readers out there, here is why.

Back in January, I was really looking to amp up my mileage and pace in preparation for the 10 mile race I planned on running in May.  I went to Barnes and Noble, bought a book, and mapped out a plan.  This new plan included speed sessions, long runs, and interval training averaging out to 25-30 miles a week.  Before I started using this plan, I was running on average 15 miles a week over a 3 day period.  I don’t know what finally put me over the edge, but you can read about the weekend that did me in, here.

After the first real issues of pain, I took one day off from running, felt good on Monday and attempted to get my speed work out in.  You can read about how disastrously that went, here.  After that failed workout, I couldn’t walk normally for a week because bending and straightening my leg made me want to collapse in pain.  I made an appointment with an Orthopedist, and went to see him a week and a half later.  I mention the appointment here, but basically he told me what I was already suspecting.  That my IT Band was very tight and causing friction in my knee, which is what was causing the pain.  He recommended some stretches for me to do, suggested I take Aleve to reduce inflammation, and at least 10 more days off of running.  Silly me for thinking that would be the end of it.

Exactly 10 days later, I hopped on a treadmill hoping for good things.  Instead I barely made it out of the gym before bursting into tears.  That temper tantrum is documented here.  On March 25 I went back to the Orthopedist and four days later I started physical therapy.  My diagnosis is Illiotibial Band Syndrome of the right leg.  This is my favorite website about the injury, where I got all of the following pictures.

The ITB is actually a long tendon. (Tendons connect muscles to bone.) It attaches to a short muscle at the top of the pelvis called the tensor fascia lata. The ITB runs down the side of the thigh and connects to the outside edge of the tibia (shinbone) just below the middle of the knee joint. You can feel the tendon on the outside of your thigh when you tighten your leg muscles. The ITB crosses over the side of the knee joint, giving added stability to the knee.[source]


ITB Syndrome is basically it’s an overuse injury that occurs when the Bursa Sac in the knee becomes inflamed causing the ITB tendon to snap back and forth instead of gliding smoothly.

ITBS can be treated with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, ultrasound treatments, and in some cases surgery.  If surgery is needed, the Bursa Sac is removed and the IT Band is cut so that friction is reduced when bending and straightening the leg.

Scary right?  That is what I am hoping to avoid.  So yeah, that’s my injury story so far, and I am in week 7 of physical therapy and still experiencing pain when I reach around 2 miles of running, and my hip cracks about once every 5 minutes.  Also, I am not a doctor this is just information I have found and wanted to share.  If you think you may have the same problem, please see a real doctor!

Ok, did I bore you all with my medical post?  I hope not! Las night I hit the pool for a swim and did my usual workout.

  • 200m warm-up
  • 5×80
  • 6×50
  • 4×50
  • 2×50
  • 200m cool-down

Still loving the pool, but not when I am the only person in it!  I really am a huge baby.  Dinner, per request of my sister, was delicious take-out Chinese food.

Plus two steamed pork dumplings, and half a veggie spring roll that went unpictured.  Then it was time for LOST.  I really loved last nights ep, the writers are doing a great job of providing answers as the series finale looms overhead.  I can’t wait to see what next week holds before the 2.5 hour long series finale on May 23!

Ok everyone have a happy Wednesday, for some reason I kept thinking today was Friday, which is not cool!

24 Responses

  1. Wow…that’s scary stuff, Kelly 😦 You’re so strong for getting through this!

  2. Yikes! Sounds very painful! You might try an ITB strap when you are well enough to run again, it will alleviate some of that pressure and make running more comfortable, even though it won’t fix the problem.

    I hope PT helps and you’re healed up soon!

    • I have one, I’m thinking about bringing it into PT and asking where I should put it on my leg, and if they think it will help.

  3. I wish today was Friday!!! I hope the PT helps you heal up quickly- injuries suck!!

  4. Um… how cool would it be if it were Friday? Listen to me- always wishing away the week and then wondering how time flys so fast.

  5. I feel so bad you have to deal with your injury after this long. You’d think that 7 weeks of PT would have fixed it. Hope you feel better FAST!!

  6. ITB, unfortunately, is a bitch. Hang in there? :-/

  7. THANK YOU for giving the recap. I am so sorry that you have ITB! But I do commend you because even though I know you have your bad days you really are a postive person and I am proud of you for not just giving up but for working through it and believing in the light at the end of the tunnel! 🙂

  8. I’m so glad you did a big recap of your injury and explained it all so well. It was really interesting, but I’m still sorry that you have to go through it at all. I’m happy you’re sticking it out with the pool workouts though!

    And deeelicious chinese takeout!

  9. Injuries SUCK!
    Thanks for sharing this though – and I really hope you dont need surgery.

  10. What a frustrating thing to go through! Glad you’re getting it taken care of though. Hopefully one day soon it will all be in the past and you can get back to running :).

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  11. If it makes you feel any better, this same exact thing happened to me a year and a half ago and even though I did have to take about a 9 months off of running, I am back to it and my IT band no longer bothers me. You’ll be running again, just give it time. And stretch, stetch, stretch!! 🙂

    Grrrrrreat, now I’m craving chinese food, hehe! 😉 I’m putting all the blame on you when I tell my husband tonight!! 🙂 Looks so delicious!!

    • 9 months!?!?! Nooooooo. At least the good news is you’re completely recovered, I suppose I just need to give it more time. hehe sorry about the cravings.

  12. I keep thinking today is Friday, too!! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  13. I just started reading your blog, so this could be a tried and unsuccessful attempt that you’ve already made. I took 2 months off of running due to IT issues also, right after my marathon. I can completely sympathize with the pain that it can cause and the frustration associated with it. I began using a foam roller to target the IT, along with associated muscles around that area. My daily routing was foam folling, icing and repeating the process throughout the evening. Occasionally, I will feel it a little inflammed which is an indication that I STILL need to pay attention to it even if it is no where as painful as it was a few months ago.

    • Yeah I pretty much took all of feb, march, and half of april off from running, I’ve just started running a few minutes a week at PT. I have a foam roller also, that I use on the days I don’t do my PT exercises, apparently I just have a really bad case 😦

  14. Ugh, hope you get better soon.

  15. Thank you for sharing that! I didn’t find it boring at all. An injury like this or similar is something that I fear happening to me if I keep pushing to run farther. I feel fine doing up to 10km but since I already experience mild knee pain I’m worried about increasing my mileage. I hope that the PT starts working soon so that you don’t even have to consider surgery!

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