IT band syndrome, or illotibial band syndrome, is a common knee injury usually associated with running, cycling, hiking or weight-lifting.
The illiotibial band, commonly known as the IT band, is a thick band of fascia on the outside of the knee. This band runs from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee and ends just below the knee. This band is crucial in stabilizing the knee as it bends.
The continual rubbing of the band over the joints can cause the area to become inflamed. This is especially common for those who repeatedly flex and extend the knee, as it occurs during running or cycling.
IT Band Syndrome Symptoms
Symptoms for IT band syndrome can include pain and swelling. A stinging sensation just above the knee joint is often observed. Sometimes there is also noticeable swelling or thickening of the tissue where the band moves over femur. The stinging sensation can be isolated on the outside of the knee or it can run along the entire length of the IT band.
The pain can start as a dull ache and intensify over time. The pain is most commonly felt when the foot strikes the ground and may intensify with repetitive activity.
IT Band Syndrome Causes
Training habits and muscle imbalances can result in IT band syndrome.
Training Habits Cause IT Band Syndrome
- Running on a horizontally banked surface, such as the shoulder of a road
- Running up and down stairs
- Hiking long distance
- Excessive up and down-hill running
- Cycling withe feet “toed-in”
- Improper warm-up or cool-down
Muscle Imbalances Cause IT Band Syndrome
- Weak hip abductors
- Weak lower back muscles
- Tight hip flexors
- Weak glutes
- Uneven stretching of the band caused by sitting cross-legged
Airrosti IT Band Pain Treatment
At Airrosti, our providers take the time with each patient to assess their injury and pinpoint the cause of the pain. By treating the pain directly at the source, we are able to provide fast, lasting outcomes to keep our patients moving free of pain.
Education is also a major component of our treatment method. We educate each patient on the cause of their injury and teach them ways to prevent future injury and relieve pain with at-home active rehab exercises. Utilizing the lacrosse ball and the foam roller, we prescribe each patient with individualized exercises designed to speed recovery. We also prescribe simple exercises and stretches to help loosen and strengthen specific muscles to help with muscle imbalances and tightness.
If you’ve been experiencing any issues or pain associated with your IT band, contact Airrosti today to find a provider near you and start on your road to recovery.