Preventing further injury

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    Dec 30, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    So I have an old knee injury that is causing me some trouble as I am training for a Marathon. Anyone with some advice on treatment / therapy, it would be much appreciated.
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    Dec 30, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    creamford saidSo I have an old knee injury that is causing me some trouble as I am training for a Marathon. Anyone with some advice on treatment / therapy, it would be much appreciated.


    If it was a bad injury, I'd talk to a physical therapist - they will be able to give you the best advice, and since marathons are murder on your joints, you want to be sure you aren't doing anything to exacerbate the problem.

    That being said, when I was having knee problems (patellar tendonitis) healing was all about support - stretching really well, doing some high rep low weight exercises to strengthen the joint, and wearing a brace. I did have to back off running for a while though, to let things heal.
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    Dec 30, 2009 8:05 PM GMT
    creamford saidSo I have an old knee injury that is causing me some trouble as I am training for a Marathon. Anyone with some advice on treatment / therapy, it would be much appreciated.


    You'll want to talk to a PT, or an occupational therapist, on what, if anything, can be done in your situation to minimize any problems you are having. High impact exercise is probably NOT indicated for remedy.
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    Dec 31, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    also perhaps an osteopath could be helpful.

    Good runners minimize impact , but if you run a lot, you know that. . Sometimes i cringe hearing some guys stomp on treadmills in the gym.

    Saucony shoes offer good cushioning .So that helps alleviate impact.
    Are you a neutral runner, or with a degree of over /under pronation ?
    (i;m a slight over pronator)

    And if you're going to run, would be good to do it off road most of the time, again limiting impact.
    Gravel, grass, sand, ( but not deep sand) , hard pack trails.
    Trail running is what i prefer the most , i use all our mtbike trails to run. Pretty awesome.

    your profile says the marathon is basically just preparation for the week long trail race.
    If you feel good on soft ground, maybe avoiding pavement altogether would be a good idea.
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    Jan 08, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    After much council and seeing a PT regarding my knee, I have been strongly advised not to train and run for a Marathon at the risk of completely blowing out my knee in the process. I can and will continue running but not at the intensity required for Marathon training. My dreams of running a Marathon are not completely dashed, however. If I continue working out... specifically strengthening the area around the injury, I may be able to entertain thoughts of a Marathon later. Thank you all so much for your feedback on this issue.
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    Jan 09, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    Along with strengthening, and pt, investing in a foam roller and/or therapeutic massage would be very helpful in loosening up the muscles and tissue that are contributing to your issues.
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    Jan 17, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear about your knee. What was the diagnosis? I had a wicked case of IT Band Friction Syndrome, which plagued me during the second half of my first marathon. Took me 4 months to get over it, including a lot of PT, stretching and ice massage. The doc thought it was caused by a massage therapist who may have shifted things around in the days preceding the race. Good luck.