IT Band and Piriformis Syndrome

Yep, that’s what I have IT band and Pirifomis syndrome. I went to a physical therapist for a screening to find out what was going on with my leg and that was the diagnosis. So it’s my first official athletic injury 🙂 She explained what it was, I had never heard of either of them. Apparently it is common in runners. Does that make me officially a runner now? ha! I went to Dr. Google and looked it up when I got home there is a good bit of information out there about it (IT Band Syndrome) (Piriformis Syndrome). Anyway, I was not able to go the half-marathon training this week because I didn’t know what was going on but she told me to take it easy, get a foam roller, (got it today), and she showed me some stretches to do. But no running at least a week to see how everything works out; and if it is not better I need to get a referral for therapy.  It was funny she told me “now let me tell you when you use the foam roller it will hurt”. I said okay and thank you for letting me know. I appreciated her honesty.

I let Jason the coach know what was going on and he also suggested I also I use the stationary bike and the elliptical as well until I’m able to run. The therapist told me not to start going full force back into running, no long runs, just short easy runs. 😦 I’m not sure how this will affect my training for the half but at least that is not until November; I need to do what I need to do so my leg can heal properly.

Keep you posted…keep on running and take care of yourselves… 🏃🏾


Author: Tammi Lewis

I was born and raised in WV. I live in Charleston, WV. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Charleston and from Marshall University Graduate College with my Master’s Degree. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have been in the field of mental health and substance abuse for about 26 years. I started running about two years ago by beginning a running program to help me prepare for my first 5k. I had wanted to run a 5k for years but never got around to doing it. Two years ago there was an event that happened which sent me on an emotional rollercoaster; starting this program was a way to get off that rollercoaster. Once I finished that first 5k I got the running bug and haven't stopped running since.

5 thoughts on “IT Band and Piriformis Syndrome”

  1. Ugh ITBS is literally the bane of my existence lol! Foam rolling has helped me a lot, but I’ve also got this thing adjustable roller thing ( that works even better! I can get my IT band and my quads a lot better with it. And on days when I’m super tight, I have my husband use it on me. Lol he’s better at really getting in there and rolling out the knots than I am. I hope you feel better soon!!

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