Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band)

What is it?
The ITB is a broad band extending from the the hip to the outside of the knee.  Excessive stress and pull on the ITB will create friction between the band and the bones to which it connects. This can cause pain in both the hip and the knee.



Causes:
  • Poor training techniques             
  • Large Q angle
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Genu valgum  ( knock kneed)
  • Leg length discrepancies
  • Strength imbalances in the hip inductors
  • Overpronation
Symptoms
  • Prominent area of pain is the lateral side of the knee.  Initially pain may only be present when running.  As the syndrome progresses, pain may be felt when not running.
Solutions:
  • If caused by excessive pronation, consider a stability shoe and insert.
  • Stretching, icing, and massage of ITB may be helpful. 
  • Professional Massage

Products:

  • Foam Roller
  • MuscleTrac, TheraWheel
  • KT Tape
  • IT Band strap

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