Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is iliotibial band syndrome?

The iliotibial band (or IT band) is a tough piece of tissue that starts at the outside, or lateral, part of the hip, continues down the outside part of the thigh, and attaches to the outside part of the knee. It can get tight and inflamed in a condition called iliotiibial band syndrome. This is often seen in runners or hikers, and can get particularly worse with running and going up hills.

What symptoms does iliotibial band syndrome cause?

Pain may be experienced in the outside part of the hip, thigh, and/or knee. Often individuals with this condition will notice more pain with running, stairs, and going uphill.

How is iliotibial band syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosis is generally made through a discussion with your doctor and a thorough examination.

How is iliotibial band syndrome treated?

Treatment of iliotibial band syndrome involves a good stretching program and rubbing out the tightness of the IT band utilizing various therapeutic techniques and tools such as a foam roll. Temporary avoidance of aggravating maneuvers, such as running on hard surfaces or jogging on hills, and cross-training can help speed the healing process.