It was a hot, humid weekend. Rain showers blew through every hour or two, not really cooling anyone down, but enough to create a layer of mud that made things slippery and covered everything.
Mosquitoes buzzed around and tried to distract us from the line of kids, adults and even more mature patients sitting, standing or lying in the mud outside the tent, waiting patiently for treatment.
Not what I'd call pleasant conditions to walk 100km, but pretty typical for parts of Queensland.
I was one of several staff providing sports coverage at the 75km point (roughly) in a 100km trail walk, and it seemed like 98% of people that came through were hobbling in, holding one of their knees, and with blisters on their feet thrown into the mix. I helped a lady around 40 onto the treatment table, and she was in real trouble with lateral knee pain.
Her knee pain started about 30km into the walk, and just got worse and worse as the day and night went on, and she had no idea if or how she could finish the event.
Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is decidedly unpleasant, as this lady and any of the walkers coming into the tent could attest to.
If you treat runners, walkers, cyclists or rowers you'll regularly see patients with ITBS.
What causes ITB pain? How can we explain it to your patients when they have pain that stops them from running, walking or cycling?
How can you treat ITBS? What treatment make ITBS worse?
Today I have three free videos for you on ITBS with Tom Goom (Running Physio), covering:
Video 1 - ITBS pain & pathology, & how to explain it to your patients. You'll discover what causes ITBS, how to explain it to your patients, and 2 treatments you NEED to avoid!
Video 2 - How to accurately & efficiently assess & diagnose ITBS, and You'll explore how to quickly & accurately assess ITBS, other potential diagnoses, and a common ITB test you can stop doing now.
Video 3 - How to successfully treat ITBS. You'll explore practical demonstrations of exercises, gait retraining, load management and treatment you can use to get great results with your ITB patients.
And how did the lady with ITB pain with 25km left in her 100km walk go? I'll let you know in the emails you'll receive with links to the videos...