This will be an information post, and I don't have pictures...
Wednesday was the very first (ever!) appointment I had with a chiropractor. The doctors are orthopedic chiropractors, so it's not gong to be adjust the spine and let me go. I have issues, but I knew that already ;-) The issue this time wasn't just ITBS, but patella tendonitis. I'd worked so well on my tight IT band, the pain there went away, bringing to light a secondary pain.
1) I'm a heel striker, and that has to change. The doc said he can correct the other problems, but if I don't change where I strike on my feet, these problems will return. I need to shorten my stride too.
2) Tight, tight muscles. I already had sore spots driving home. My muscles in my right leg are so tight, they're pulling my pelvis up by an inch, causing a difference in range of where my feet strike. My legs are the same length, but because my right leg is pulled up, that's creating an inch difference. He's going to work on releasing that tightness to see if that corrects the pull on my pelvis before working on the joints.
3) Apparently the patella tendonitis has been in my knee for a while because there is noticeable swelling. I don't know if it's scar tissue, but he used the Graston Technique to work at that spot. My low quad and the tendon are very tight, causing that tendonitis and swelling, which is weird because I never felt tightness in my quad.
Overall, I'm very hopeful. I do have some exercises to do before my next appointment on Monday, and I did them last night when I got home. So one more thing to do while I keep rolling, stretching, and icing.