Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is IT Band Syndrome?

  • The Iliotibial Band (IT Band) is an extension of muscle located on the outside of the thigh. 
  • IT Band syndrome is a painful condition caused by overuse.

What causes IT Band Syndrome?

  • Activities such as running and bicycling
  • Quickly increasing distances
  • Biomechanical factors that can affect the IT Band

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain on the outside of the knee or hip that becomes worse with activity.
  • Some patients may feel a clicking or popping on the outside of the hip or knee.
  • If the condition progresses, pain may be felt during rest times as well.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Rest. Avoid things that cause pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Stretching of the muscles on the outside of the thigh and hamstrings
  • Compression can be helpful to decrease swelling and pain.

When should I see a medical professional?

  • If the condition worsens.
  • If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
  • If you are uncertain about the severity of the condition.

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