Thursday, January 20, 2011


I've mentioned a couple times that my knee is bothering me. Generally hasn't hurt on runs, but it definitely doesn't feel normal.

Yesterday I tried to track down what it might be and came upon two possible culprits: IT Band or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. I don't really have perfect symptoms for either but the second one seems more likely. I decided to buy a knee brace. Otherwise the solutions are basically taking it easy and stretching, taking Advil, and icing.

Today on my run (an easy 5-mile recovery run, with no knee brace yet) I did start to feel a bit of pain, but it's still quite mild. I definitely never felt like I should stop. Tomorrow the brace will arrive, but not before a planned 9 miles. I will probably play things by ear as I run, and if things start getting worse, I'll just stop and head home.

Basically the plan is to take it easy and wear the brace for a while, but if things don't improve, I may need to visit a sports medicine doctor. I'd hate to have this thing devolve into something worse just as my training regimen starts to intensify.


1 comment:

  1. While I can't vouch for the latter possibility I can say that IT band issue will occur along the outside of the kneecap. In my experience with it I found running to be very painful but walking was fine. Hope your knee brace helps out.