What the heck happened to my knee?
October 11, 2010 7:58 AM Subscribe
What the hell did I do to my knee and is foam rolling making things worse?
posted by Loto to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Backstory: Training for a marathon. Lately, my left knee has been bothering me a bit on my runs. While I was out on a run last Wednesday I developed a sharp pain in my left knee every time I took a step. The pain was worse enough that I couldn't run. The whole knee ached slightly but the sharp pain was focused on the outside of my knee a bit below the kneecap (5 o'clock or there abouts). It didn't hurt when I walked on the trail but it did bother me a bit walking down steep hills. The roads/trails I run on are generally pretty uneven.
I can't get a PT appointment until next week so I did a little research on my own and decided it was most likely IT Band Syndrome. I haven't been running since but I've been icing my knee, stretching my IT band and strengthening my hip abductors. I've also been foam rolling my IT band daily. The problem now is that while my knee doesn't hurt it is swollen, tight and "squishy"... if that makes sense. It just doesn't feel like things are moving like they should in my knee. Squatting with no wait (to pick something up, etc) is causing pain in the left knee which has never happened before. Is this common after the initial injury? Is something else going on here? By really working on my IT band issues am I worsening things in my knee?
Knee injuries are (luckily) new to me so I'm a bit lost.
Of course, I will address this with my PT next week but the problem is that I have a half-marathon this Saturday and would like to get things in order ASAP so I can at least finish it.