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Mikeycaz
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IT Band

Posted by @mikeycaz, Jun 28, 2017

My primary care doctor diagnosed me with IT Band issues and recommend several stretches. Can you recommend the best stretches to use?

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Hello @mikeycaz and welcome to Mayo Connect! I must admit that when I read your post I did not know what IT Band issues referred to. However, I looked it up on the internet and see that it is usually an injury that happens as the result of overuse – and something that runners, bikers, etc. get. It appears that the band issues can be in the hip, knees, etc. Please share with us, as you are comfortable doing so, with some additional information. For example, what type of symptoms are you having and how long have you been experiencing the discomfort? What specifically did your doctor suggest? Teresa

Mikey, I was just asking my doctor about this yesterday. My IT band is really tight lately. She suggested foam rolling.
Here’s a quick illustration and explanation of 4 foam roller exercises. The second one focuses on the IT band. http://www.menshealth.co.uk/fitness/sports-injuries/4-foam-roller-exercises

I won’t lie. It hurts! But like the therapist from Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Center explains, you have to keep at it. Only apply as much pressure as is comfortable. It gets better as you keep doing it. I’ll keep you posted if it works for me. I better go foam roll now..

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Mikey, I was just asking my doctor about this yesterday. My IT band is really tight lately. She suggested foam rolling.
Here’s a quick illustration and explanation of 4 foam roller exercises. The second one focuses on the IT band. http://www.menshealth.co.uk/fitness/sports-injuries/4-foam-roller-exercises

I won’t lie. It hurts! But like the therapist from Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Center explains, you have to keep at it. Only apply as much pressure as is comfortable. It gets better as you keep doing it. I’ll keep you posted if it works for me. I better go foam roll now..

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Thanks, im going to get a foam roller. Let me know how it goes.

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