I turn 39 this Sunday. One of my personal goals is to approach my 40th year on this planet in the best shape and health ever--not just strong. And to do that, I have to seriously address some infrastructure issues: my poorly tracking patellae and tight IT bands. Fate shipped me (by mistake--really!) an entire case of Kinesiotex tape; I thought it was probably a sign that it was time to invest in myself and stop being my own worst patient. I have no desire to undergo a lateral release; it is time to hit it hard and from every angle and plane of movement.
This Capricorn has to look further than the sagittal plane (is that a pun?), and two-legged, barbell squat movements. Lots of accessory joint movement and pronation/supination to address at and below the knee.
So, I'd love to hear from you if you've had good results with any specific approaches to this problem or you know of any success/horror stories with lateral release surgery. It is time to put in the quality time.