WHAT IS ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME AND WHAT CAUSES IT?
As its name suggest, iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is a repetitive stress injury that results from friction of the iliotibial band (IT) as it slides over the lateral femoral condyle at approximately 30 degrees of knee flexion. The IT band runs down the outside part of your thigh from the hip to knee. Most commonly, ITBS is seen in distance runners and cyclists. The individual may report pain with repetitive motions of the knee such as climbing or descending stairs. With this condition there is rarely a history of trauma. There’s many factors which will contribute which include changing running terrain or surfaces or increasing mileage too quickly, running pattern and musculature weakness. This could also be caused by running on sloped surfaces. A runner must take the proper precautions for the prevention of Iliotibial band pain.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
Conservative IT band pain treatment consists of activity modification to reduce the irritating stress (decreasing mileage, changing the bike seat position and changing the training surfaces), new running shoes, heat or ice applications, strengthening of core and hip abductors as well as stretching of the IT band. If you suffer from lateral knee pain which continues to become more severe with activity or stair climbing, call an expert physical therapist to address this issue. The sooner this is addressed the better!
HOW WILL PRO THERAPY TREAT MY ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME?
Our Northern Mississippi therapists at Pro Therapy will start by searching for the root of the problem. Not only will we perform a full physical therapy evaluation and any needed diagnostic test, but we’ll also consult with your medical doctor to find the personalized treatment plan that will suit you best. Don’t let iliotibial band syndrome run your life. Start the treatment process for iliotibial band syndrome physical therapy by scheduling an appointment or giving us a call.
#runner #knee #hip #pain #itband