I have been trolling the boards/internet for a while looking for an answer to my knee problems. Hopefully someone may chime in with some much needed help.
The current issue
I believe I have ITBS. When ever I run the pain on the left side of my knee hurts sooo freaking bad, it hurts to walk, drive a stick, and stairs are painful. This problem flairs up and then goes away. I had this problem ever since BCT in the Army (first time it really was noticeable!). I have actually had it in both knees before, but for some reason my left leg is killing me not my right this time.
Yes I do have flat feet, and yes I do hate running. In fact if I could get away with not running I would, but then again I have a PT test to do, and every morning I get to run on it for 1-2 miles as PT. I have used the method RICE to cure this problem which does help but the next day I am right back to the RICE method. Not to mention the multiple ibuprofen tablets I eat like candy.
The current things I have cut out of my workout. No running on treadmill or running outside, No inclined/decline treadmill hikes. I am only doing low impact cardio like the elliptical, swimming, and the unmanly/sinful bike. from what I have read I know I shouldn’t cut back my leg exercises, but lately it just freaking hurts when I bend my leg. I do realize there are no quick fixes for ITBS, but any tips to getting my ITBand back in shape to run without the pain would be most appreciated!