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

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

ITB Syndrome is a painful overuse condition affecting the iliotbial band, an extension of a muscle located on the outside of the thigh.  This can occur from quickly increasing distances with running or biking type activities. Those suffering from ITB Syndrome may feel pain on the outside of the knee or hip that becomes worse with activity.  As the condition progresses pain may be felt during times of inactivity as well.  Generally, rest or modified activity, icing for 20 minutes over the painful area and stretching of the hamstrings and outside thigh muscles will help alleviate this condition. There can be many other biomechanical factors that contribute to this condition which may warrant evaluation by a medical professional to determine the best course of treatment.  If you are uncertain about the nature of your condition or your condition does not improve with conservative treatment please contact your primary care provider or for more specialized care contact Children’s Sports Medicine.

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