Posted: 04/12/2013 at 11:04
When I had ITB/TFL problems I had no knee pain but only pain in the hip on the top of the pelvic girdle. It was directly linked to poor quad strength because I have a 'pre-arthritic' knee. So I focussed on strengthening quads, foam rolling stretching piriformis etc and after a few weeks signs of improvement!
However, I then met an athlete who also works as a sports biomechanics (not sure of exact title) and he suggested strengthening glutes rather than quads and this has certainly helped more.
I have only recently started cycling but find after a cycle my running form is much better and no pain - even though I do a good warm up and stretch before a run by itself.
I appreciate financially there may be issues - but if you carry on without knowing 100% what is wrong you could be doing more harm than good. Do some places offer a discount for students perhaps? Good Luck though.