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Common Injuries and Treatments

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome -- Knee

What is Iliotibial band syndrome?

The iliotibial band (IT Band) is a tight, fibrous band of connective tissue located on the outside of the thigh. Though it is often called a "band", it is technically a tendon (as it attaches muscle to bone).  The IT Band attaches a small muscle on the outside of the hip called the Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) to the outside of the tibia (shin bone) just below the knee joint. Irritation of this band can cause lateral hip or knee soreness.  It is very common in runners or anyone who runs as part of their sport.

What causes injuries to this tissue?

IT Band Syndrome can be caused by increased tension or lack of flexibility in the IT Band or by overloading of the tissue due to biomechanical factors including poor lower extremity alignment, lower extremity or core weakness and over training.  

What is the best treatment approach?

Physical therapy, relative rest, ice, a change in footwear, stretching, strengthening, orthotics, and a thorough analysis of your movement patterns are all helpful in improving the symptoms related to IT Band Syndrome.

What will the role of physical therapy be in this process?

Treatment of this condition by physical therapists will depend on the suspected cause of the irritation, but could include soft tissue massage, stretching of the IT band or TFL, as well as, strength work for abdominal, hip and leg musculature.  The biomechanics of the entire lower half of the body and low back will also be evaluated to determine if something in the rest of the limb may be leading to excessive stress on the IT Band.

Will other services be helpful in taking care of this?

Underlying muscle tightness and soft tissue restrictions that are found to be related to iliotibial band syndrome may be helped by massage therapy work.  Acupuncture can also be of assistance with the pain associated with these conditions.  Training to return to specific life tasks or sports can be initiated by physical therapists and progressed by personal trainers.  After your initial physical therapy evaluation, your physical therapist will help to determine if these services may be helpful.

Need More?

If you have more clinical questions about this condition, please click here to email our Director of Clinical Operations, Jessica Douglas, MSPT, OCS, or you can get more information by searching our blog.

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