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Treatment of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

September 2, 2011

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is inflammation and pain on the outer side of the knee. The iliotibial band is a layer of connective tissue that begins at a muscle near the outer side of your hip, travels down the outer side of your thigh, crosses the outer side of the knee, and attaches to the outer side of your shin bone.

How do you get Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

ITBS occurs when this band repeatedly rubs over the bump of the thigh bone (femur) near the knee, causing the band to become inflamed.

This condition can result from:

•    Having a tight iliotibial band
•    Tight muscles in your hip, pelvis, or leg
•    Legs not being the same length
•    Running on sloped surfaces
•    Running in shoes with a lot of wear on the outside of the heel

What are the symptoms?

The classic symptom of ITBS is pain on the outer side of the knee and it is often seen in runners.

How is it treated?

•    Place an ice pack over your iliotibial band for 20 to 30 minutes, every 3 or 4 hours, for 2 to 3 days

•    Take an anti-inflammatory medicine, according to your healthcare provider’s prescription.

•    Do stretches and strengthening exercises recommended by your healthcare provider or physical therapist.

How can I prevent iliotibial band syndrome?

ITBS  is prevented by warming up properly and doing stretching exercises before sports or other physical activity.

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