Monday, December 20, 2010


Just a few minutes ago I had one of the orthopedic guys do a "wet read" of my MRI. I just couldn't wait any more, the damn suspense was killing me! I had all these visions of, well, you can imagine. Anyhow, check it out:

All of that white stuff on the right? That's inflammation, and that means ... IT band!! I'm sure it sounds odd, but I am soooo happy to have THIS injury!! The alternative was frightening!

I can DO IT band! I see foam rollers in my future. The doc said I can keep running, just cut down my weekly milage, take some motrin, don't push it, do some strengthening exercises, etc etc.

I guess I'll take a look on these here interwebs and find some info on how to deal with this. Can anyone recommend any sites for me to peruse?

I guess I've really arrived as a runner now, huh?

Thanks for all of your good wishes, folks. I appreciate you all (even you mysterious non-commentors!) more than you will ever know!

(ps. still working on that race report, stay tuned ...)


Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that it is your IT band and that you can keep running! What a relief that must be!

See.Kate.Run said...

I am glad it is a treatable injury and you can continue running!! May it heal quickly! :)

Terri said...

Wonderful news! I mean, I'm sorry you're injured, but at least it's not an ACL tear!

Bethany + Ryan said...

Definitely a fixable problem. Roll, roll and roll and also do some yoga stretches, just google yoga stretches for IT Band, I'm not great with the yoga names, I know pidgeon is a good one, and the one when you cross your legs and stack ur knees etc etc. Icing is good too. I'd cut your miles way back, its a fixable injury but still an injury nonetheless and you don't want it to turn into anything more. Good luck!!!

Pam said...

YES!!! That's great! I was SOOOOOOOO relieved when my MRI showed the same thing.

My foam roller and I became very intimate, and I stretched it about four million times a day.

This is the one I got the best stretch from: It was my right leg, so I stood with my ankles crossed, right leg behind left, then just bend over and do a toe touch. I could feel that all the way from my butt to my knee.

Happy rolling!

Runners Fuel said...

It seems like all of us runners go through this (which I currently am). We can do it together!

funderson said...

PHEW! (I like that you say interwebs too...most people look at me weird when I do)

Stuart said...

Yay I think!

Trigger Point roller, 100 "rolls" in the morning and 100 in the evening for 3-4 weeks or until it stops hurting when you do it, put as much weight on it as you can

Strengthening exercise to balance the leg muscles, bike and/or elliptical are good.