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Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome


ITB syndrome is a common injury to the knee generally associated with running or cycling.   If your Runner’s knee pain is at the front then please see Anterior Knee Pain.

It causes pain on the outside (lateral) aspect of the knee.  The ITB is a superficial thickening of tissue extending from the outside of the pelvis over the hip and knee with its insertion just below the knee joint.  The band assists in stabilising the knee during sporting activity.

The knee pain is caused by a continual rubbing of the band over the lateral femoral epicondyle combined with repeated flexion/extension movements of the knee.  This causes the area to become inflamed and painful.

The pain may not occur immediately with activity but intensify over time.  It may also continue once you have stopped activity.

Physiotherapists can treat the symptoms of ITB syndrome and advise patients on exercises and management of the condition.  They may recommend the use of a foam roller to stretch the band as part of a regular regime to reduce the tightness and the chance of friction.  They will also fully assess your hip and knee as this condition can be caused by a muscular imbalance.  They will also rule out other causes of knee pain including nerve irritation.

For further information or advice then please contact us

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