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Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome) Treatment

Iliotibial Band SyndromeIliotibibial Band Syndrome is a contracture or thickening of the Iliotibial Band. The Iliotibial band is located on the outside of the leg running from the hip to the knee. Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome is inflammation and pain where the Iliotibial band crosses the lateral femoral condyle (outside of the leg near the knee). Iliotibial Band Syndrome or Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome can either occur on one side of the body or both.

Causes of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

  • An activity or occupation that places the knee and hip in flexion (bent knee and hip). Examples may be horseback riding, cycling or prolonged sitting
  • Postural imbalances
  • Prolonged wheelchair use or bedrest

Causes of Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

  • prolonged repetitive activities such as running and cycling

Signs and Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

  • Pain is frequently gradual at beginning and worsens with an activity. Pain is felt on the outside thigh and on outside of knee
  • Iliotibial Band becomes shorter
  • Inflammation is possible due to the tight iliotibial band rubbing over the lateral femoral condyle on outside and close to the knee

Treatment of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Treatment would focus on reducing contracted fascia, muscles and pain. Techniques to reduce the Iliotibial band may come from massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy

IT Band Syndrome TreatmentIf you have any questions regarding Iliotibial Band Syndrome contact our staff at Dynamic Physiotherapy.

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