IT Band Syndrome
Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
IT band syndrome, also known as iliotibial band syndrome, is a common overuse injury resulting from inflammation of the iliotibial band, which runs down the outside of your thigh connecting your hips to your knees and providing stability during movement. It’s often caused by repetitive movements like running or hiking over long distances, but it can occur in other sports as well and at other times of the year too.
The most common symptoms of IT band syndrome are pain in your knees or shins. This is a result of inflammation in your iliotibial band or surrounding tissue. You may experience a popping sensation as you bend your knee. When running, it’s not uncommon to hear a clicking sound when you rotate your foot inward. Some people also report swelling around their knee joint and even difficulty bending their leg at all.
If left untreated, IT band syndrome can lead to serious problems such as compartment syndrome or stress fractures in your tibia. It’s important to seek treatment if you think you have IT band syndrome!
How Pinnacle Can Help
Many runners experience IT band syndrome at some point in their careers. It refers to the iliotibial band—the tendon running along outside of our legs from hip to knee. This area is particularly susceptible to injury because it is constantly put under stress during running.
At Pinnacle Physical Therapy, we can help relieve pain from IT band syndrome by treating muscle tightness and encouraging increased flexibility. We also offer strengthening exercises for your core muscles, which play a vital role in stabilizing your pelvis and spine. By addressing these factors, you’ll be able to get back on track quickly!