Athletes / IT Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Presentation

Individuals with iliotibial (IT) band syndrome complain of lateral knee and/or hip pain. Oftentimes the symptoms present during the warm-up phase of their run, dissipate, and then re-present later in the run eventually causing them to stop running. Click here if your experiencing runner’s knee.

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What It Is

Mechanical compression of the IT band resulting in rubbing of the band on the bony structures of the hip and/or knee.

Contributing Factors
  • Poor running mechanics: pelvic drop, hip internal rotation, hip adduction
  • Leg weakness
  • TFL and/or IT band stiffness
  • Hip flexor and/or quadriceps tightness
  • Over training or inadequate rest
Treatment & Management
  • Correct running mechanics
  • Run-specific strengthening routine
  • Foam roll TFL and IT band
  • Run-specific stretching routine
  • Rest and ice