Iliotibial Band Syndrome

ITB syndrome is a common injury to the knee generally associated with running or cycling. 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 particularly during sporting activities.

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 will intensify over time.  It may also continue once you have stopped activity.

East Cliff’s Chartered Physiotherapists can treat the symptoms of ITB syndrome and advise clients on exercises to help manage the condition. Our team 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.  Our experienced team 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.

If you are experiencing what’s called Runner’s knee, which is pain at the front of the knee, then please see our Anterior Knee Pain Information Page or for further information and advice, please contact us.