Iliotibial Band Syndrome

UC San Diego Health's sports medicine physicians provide expert diagnosis and treatment of iliotibial band syndrome.

We can help you develop a good stretching program, utilizing various therapeutic techniques and tools. Cross-training and temporary avoidance of aggravating maneuvers, such as running on hard surfaces and jogging on hills, can help speed the healing process. Physical therapy may be recommended, as well.

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.


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