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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 of the thigh and attaches to the outside of the knee. It can get tight and inflamed in a condition called iliotibial band syndrome. This is often seen in runners or hikers, and can get worse with running and going up hills.

What are the symptoms of iliotibial band syndrome?

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

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 roller. Cross-training and temporary avoidance of aggravating maneuvers, such as running on hard surfaces and jogging on hills, can help speed the healing process.