Iliotibial Band (IT band) Syndrome
What is it?
A thick band of tissue that connects a muscle on the outer thigh to the outside of the knee
What causes this condition?
Beginning a new workout routine or increasing activity too quickly, flat feet, high arches, running on banked surfaces, repetitive motions of the legs, tight muscles of the outer thigh, hip muscle weakness, weakness of the core muscles
Signs and symptoms
• Pain on the outside of the thigh or knee during or after exercise, especially running or cycling
• Pain with crossing one leg over the other or with bending the knee to a certain angle
Rest, anti-inflammatory medication, ice, stretching, strengthening, physical therapy, bracing, orthotics, surgery
If you experiencing pain in your knee, please consult your athletic trainer for evaluation and treatment of your injury.