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Anti-inflammatory and combined anti-inflammatory/analgesic medication in the early management of iliotibial band friction syndrome. A clinical trial

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Two articles on PainSci cite Schwellnus 1991: 1. The Complete Guide to IT Band Syndrome2. Shin Splints Treatment, The Complete Guide

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This 1991 experiment compared anti-inflammatory and pain-killing meds to a placebo in 43 runners with IT band syndrome. The authors somehow managed to spin the results as positive, but I can’t see it: when I look at their data, I see no advantage over placebo. I believe that there was technically a small benefit to the medications, but so small that you’d miss it if you blinked. Whoop-de-doo.

~ Paul Ingraham

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