I am getting back into the gym after months of inactivity. My biggest enemy is bad knees - slow jogs, fast walks, and too much resistance on the elliptical machine - all will at some point cause pain along the side of my knee (I’m 99% sure it’s the iliotibial band).
In the past when this has occurred, once it starts it continues to get worse unless I take enough time off for it to heal completely (usually several days). Obviously this doesn’t help my plan to exercise 5-6 days per week.
I’m just trying to keep it from becoming a problem. Is there any value in treating with a mild anti-inflammatory, and if so - do I take it before or after exercise? I also wear ilio-tibial band compresses and stretch before/after exercise…but it seems very random as to the days that the pain occurs.