IT Band Syndrome
Iliotibial band syndrome is due to inflammation of the iliotibial band, a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the leg. The iliotibial band begins at the hip and extends to the outer side of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint. The band functions in coordination with several of the thigh muscles to provide stability to the outside of the knee joint. Some common symptoms occur:
- Pain over the outside of the knee joint
- Swelling at the location of discomfort
- A snapping or popping sensation as the knee is bent
Endurance athletes are especially prone to developing iliotibial band syndrome. Athletes who suddenly increase their level of activity, such as runners who increase their mileage, often develop iliotibial band syndrome.
Treatment of ITBS:
Dr. Jenna Cook of Naperville Sportco uses two effective techniques to stretch/lengthen and remove scar tissue adhesions from the IT band area. The two most effective ways to treat ITBS are Active Release Technique and Graston techniques. A sports physical evaluation may also be needed to see what is causing the root of your IT band issues. Many times misalignment of the sacrum or instability in the pelvis can lead to ITBS. Please call our office today if you are experiencing any of these issues! SportCo Rehabilitation Naperville (630) 922-6500