Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

Overview
This condition is a painful inflammation of the
iliotibial band, a thick, tendon-like portion of a
muscle that travels from the hip down the outer side
of the thigh to the knee. ITBS results in pain,
aggravated by activity, that is usually felt on the
outer side of the knee.


Causes
Iliotibial Band syndrome is caused by overuse of
the iliotibial band, which stabilizes the knee. The
iliotibial band glides back and forth over the lateral
femoral epicondyle during walking or running, and
this constant rubbing can cause irritation and
inflammation. ITBS can be caused by poor training
habits, such as inadequate stretching or running on
a banked surface, or by abnormalities in the
anatomy of the legs and feet.


Symptoms
The pain of ITBS is most commonly felt on the
outer side of the thigh just above the knee. But pain
may be felt anywhere along the length of the
iliotibial band, from the hip down to its attachment
point at the tibia (just below the knee). Pain usually
worsens with activity.


Treatment
Initial treatment options may include rest, ice,
compression and elevation. Stretches and
exercises and anti-inflammatory medications may
also be recommended. Chiropractic care and Physical Therapy are treatments of next step. If not successful, a NorTex specialist would be able to provide an personalized treatment such as fluoroscopic or ultrasound guided injection of corticosteroids in the greater trochanteric bursa or Iliotibilal band. Variety of Stem Cell Injections such as Platelet Rich Plasma injections have shown promises in order to avoid surgery in Severe Cases.

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Iliotibial (IT) Band Tendinitis by Dr. Ghalambor

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