IlioTibial Band

What is Iliotibial band friction syndrome?

IlioTibial Band

Iliotibial band syndrome is a common cause of lateral leg pain in runners, that’s why sometimes it is called the “runner’s knee“. The iliotibial band is a thickening of the band tissue along the outside of your thigh. It runs through from the hip to the knee. Iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS) is caused by repeated rubbing of the ITB and the thigh bone.

Movements such as running which is a continuous activity of bending and extending the knee will cause the ITB to be inflamed and pain.

Symptoms of Iliotibial band friction syndrome

The main symptom of ITBFS is pain on the side of your knee or leg. The pain is gradual and gets worse with time.

You will probably feel pain when doing your day-to-day activities like walking or climbing of stairs.

Causes of Iliotibial band friction syndrome

ITBFS is an overuse injury. The ITB gets inflamed because of the friction between the thigh bone and the ITB.

You may get ITBFS if you:

  • running of long distances or downslope
  • inappropriate training habits
  • poor anatomical structure
  • weak flexibility of your leg muscle

Treatment of Iliotibial band friction syndrome

Our sports and orthopaedic specialist can treat ITBFS. Do not ignore ITBFS as it will not get better on its own.

Treatment includes:

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