Iliotibial 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 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.

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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.