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Knee Pain - Was told IT Band irritation

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 17, 2010
  • 05:14 PM

Hi all,

27 male in good shape and have always been very active. Ive never been much of a runner, but this past summer I did a triathalon. During training and the race my knee would start to have sharp pains on the outside near the IT band at about the 2-3mile mark. I could wait a few days and the irritation would go away, but stretches and training didnt help. Im now wondering if I had some damage from a motorcycle accident that I had 2-3 years ago. My bike flipped when I got cut off and the bike landed on my knee. I ended up with a massive bruise and could barely move my knee. Xray showed no broken bones and a follow-up MRI showed a massive hematoma (swelling from blood in knee) but I dont know if they looked at anything else.

Im posting here because my knee still hurts and now its getting stiff and hurts when I straighten it fully. During some motions and turns it feels kind of goofy like it could pop even though it doesnt hurt too much. Im wondering if I have a torn meniscus or something else. Does anyone else have any experience with blunt force trauma like this?


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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. IT band syndrome is a common cause of pain, especially with runners and cyclists. Generally it comes on over time. Meniscus issues generally involve some type of trauma (twisting). For specific information and treatment ideas for both of these conditions you can visit: http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/it-band-syndrome.html and http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/meniscus-tear.html Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATC
    JTrempe 101 Replies
    • December 21, 2010
    • 08:27 PM
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  • Thanks for your reply. I mentioned the motorcycle accident thinking that would count as trauma to my knee that could justify a tear. My knee got pinned between a 400lb motorcycle and the pavement
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 21, 2010
    • 08:33 PM
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  • Hi,The triathlon training could be the cause. Many triathletes (including me) have IT band related issues because they spend all their training time biking and running-- think about your knees, just moving in that one piston-like motion-- and neglecting strength training.For me, after 6 years of on and off knee pain and calf pain, I started strength training with a personal trainer, working specifically on building strength in different planes of motion. For example doing a lot of lateral lunges, or single leg exercises balancing on a bosu ball. Basically I diversified my training, worked on building strength in my knees using different movements other than those involved in running and biking, and last, trying to get one day of yoga each week----- and voilĂ --- knee issues resolved (it did take a year though!).HTH :-)
    Triknee 1 Replies
    • December 26, 2010
    • 06:20 PM
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