Sorry for cross posting. But I think I posted this in the wrong section yesturday so i'm reposting it here.
I'm a 30 year old cyclist. Not a pro or anything, But I race for a team and It's a huge part of who I am, and it's my passion in life. July '09 I had terrible IT band problem hit me during a race. I didn't know what it was and just kept riding at first it hurt after riding about 35-40 km, then it would hurt at 30, then 20, I finally went to physio after i wasn't able to even ride 10 km. I did physio excercises and stretches religiously throughout august and thought i fixed it. I got in some awesome fall mountain biking in the mountains, and did some winter riding and training. I thought I was done with it, but it flared up a bit in the winter. But I figured it wasn't a huge deal and made sure I did my stretches and excercises. The pain wasn't as bad as when it first happened but it was more constant. It wasn't after a 20 km bike ride it always hurt a little just to walk around the house but was made worse by cycling. But still it wasn't that bad and in april and may 2010 i was able to ride like normal and do the first two races of the year. After the second race I woke up the next morning sore but tried to do a light spin/recovery ride. I couldn't make 500 meters. In fact I couldn't even walk around without extreme pain. And since May 2010, for almost a year now, I have had constant pain on the outside of my left knee. It isn't just a matter of not being able to bike. I can't walk without pain. I lose sleep because my knee hurts so bad some time.
I have tried to spin a little on ocassion and sometimes and ride at a constant cadance for up to 45 minutes (but i'm in extra pain for the next week). I haven't been on a bike for months.
I have seen 3 different Physio therapists and followed 3 different stretching and glute stregthening plans. I've been working on glute strength for almost a year now. I've used foam roller, had professional massages, I've had accupuncture, ART (active release therapy), IMS (inter muscular stimulation), I'm seeing a sports medicine doctor and a PT. I recently had a cortisone shot, and now 3 weeks after the shot, I'm in more pain than before the shot.
I'm losing my mind. I'm an active person. I always have been. I usually ride my bike and walk to work. My hobbies are hiking, XC skiing, and cycling. Everything I love doing involves being active. I'm going crazy. I can't adapt to a sedentary lifestyle.
I don't want to have surgery if i can avoid it.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? Similar situations?