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

Treatment Options

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.


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Back to News Listing Posted on 22/12/2013