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Worsley Physio Clinic

First Floor - Ackerley House
Forrester Street
Roe Green
Worsley
Manchester
M28 2JL

 

0161 702 9474

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Athlete Matters at Worsley Physio

First Floor - Ackerley House Forrester Street

Roe Green

Worsley

Manchester

M28 2JL

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0161 702 9474

Athlete Matters at Preston Physio

Sports Centre,

Preston’s College,

St Vincent’s Road,

Fulwood,

Preston,

PR2 8UR

01772 225 401

RUNNERS KNEE ADVICE

The Iliotibal band (ITB) is a connective tissue that runs down the outside of the thigh - it acts to stabilise the hip and knee during the stance phase of running. Iliotibal band friction syndrome also called 'Runners knee' is highly common in elite and recreational distance runners alike. Those particularly susceptible are endurance runners who are building up their mileage.

 

Working with many marathon runners, we see a lot of this condition in the build up to the race and have loads of experience dealing with it successfully.

 

Pain will be felt on the outside of the thigh typical on the outside of the knee and in the early stages will increase as the run progresses. The other group of runners who suffer this injury are 'fell runners' who aggravate the problem whilst descending.

 

The causes of all of the above are usually related to training but more often than not biomechanics typically reduced control of the hip by the gluteal muscles.

 

Physiotherapists should diagnose the condition and will treat the cause of the problem using primarily deep tissue massage to the ITB, self massage using a foam roller is often recommended. Exercises are very important to strengthen the quadriceps and improve core stability particularly in the gluteal muscles. Stretches to release any tightness in the ITB and hip muscles may also be given. Acupuncture is very effective in helping release muscle tension and reducing inflammation on the outside of the knee. The problem will settle with a gradual return to training accompanied by a hip core stability exercise programme.

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