Has a doctor diagnosed you with iliotibial band syndrome? If so, what course of treatment did he or she recommend? You don't have a signature with your surgery date. Am I correct in recalling that you are about one month post-THR?
Yes, my left hip was a replaced 5 weeks ago....the right one 3 years ago...and now both IT bands are hurting. The right one was 3/4" too long and now the surgeon added 3/4" to the left hip so I would be "level".
I don't know how I can do the recommended exercise if I am not to go over center. I know more PT is coming....so hope it helps.
I'll be 11 weeks post-op tomorrow :biggrin: and I am still working through some ITBS issues. In my estimate, it has been one of the toughest parts of my recovery (and surprisingly so!). My IT band sensitivity and pain went the entire length along the side of my thigh from my hip to past my knee.
The exercises in the link above are good ones...pretty much what my PT has given me as well.
The toughest but most effective exercise for me has been using a foam roller and rolling on top of it right over your IT band while laying on your side. That exercise caused pain that brought tears to my eyes the first time my PT showed me how to do it. But...I think it really helps.
I was also told I could use a rolling pin over my IT mband and that would allow adjusting the pressure a little easier. I don't have one so I just used the foam roller exercise sparingly until I could handle it. The point is firmly massaging the IT band seems to help, along with general muscle strengthening.
As I recall, I did not get any major relief from my IT band pain until about weeks 7-8. I still have some sensitivity there, but it continues to improve.
Good luck and have some patience with the ITBS if you can. I've heard ITBS can have a slow recovery even if you're not also recovering from a major surgery like THR!
Phoggie, you are very early in recovery from THR, at only five weeks out. At this point, I really think it would be best for you to stick with the exercises given to you by your OS or PT.
Have they suggested that you do IT band stretches now? If so, which exercises did they recommend? If you have not discussed this with your OS, perhaps it would be something to mention at your next check-up.