Question - Patella Femoral Syndrome (recovery, rehab, rebuild, race)

by Alyssa
(La Jolla)

I have just completed my first 1/2 iron man however came out with Patella Femoral and IT Band Syndrome. I have had X-rays and an MRI and have seen a surgeon (don't want that).

I have hired a PT that I like as well as a massage therapist. The PT has given me several stretches (I also printed many from you - THANKS).

I truly miss my cardio routine. I miss the bike and the running so much. I am afraid of not getting back to triathlons.

How long will it take to get back to it?

How do you feel about swimming, cycling, or spinning during rehab?

How fast would you recommend I reintroduce activities..what % increase over what period of time? (I have set a goal of racing next year). I have broken my program into recovery, rehab, rebuild, and race with three month intervals for a year program.

Is it normal to have serious discomfort for several weeks with this disorder?

Do you have a training program that includes rehab to racing? HELP!

I was "depressed" by this and am trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions or ideas.

Hopeful non-professional middle-aged tri-athlete. (smiling)

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