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Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Syndrome

Iliotibial band syndrome is a common conditions which usually presents as pain on the outer side of the knee. The IT Band is a thick band of connective tissue that crosses the hip joint and extends down the outer thigh and attaches just below outer side of the knee. IT Band syndrome is caused by excessive friction at the distal portion of the IT Band as it rubs over the outside portion of the knee. This is most common in runners and cyclist, but also other sports that involve repetitive knee bending because it leads to inflammation in this area.

Signs and Symptoms

Iliotibial band syndrome

  • Sharp or burning pain at the outside of the knee
  • Swelling or thickening of tissues in this area. Snapping or popping sound when bending the knee
  • Pain during or after activity, that is aggravated by running downhill and by prolonged sitting with knee bent

 

Risk Factors

  • Tight IT Band, Hip muscle weakness or imbalance
  • Very prominent lateral femoral epicondyle (bony structure on the outside of the knee)
  • Sports with repetitive knee bending, such as running and cycling, running up and down hills
  • Recent increase in track or interval training, Crowned running surfaces
  • Internal rotation of legs, Bowlegs

At Alliance Wellness, we will help you manage pain associated with Iliotibial band syndrome and increase your ranges of motions. Call 604-737-1177 to book your free consultation.