Iliotibial band syndrome results in pain on the outside of the knee which is caused by friction of the iliotibial band on the side of the knee. It is also known as ITB syndrome or ITBS and sometimes referred to as runner's knee. This syndrome can result from any activity that causes the leg to turn inward repeatedly. This can include wearing worn-out shoes, running downhill or on banked surfaces, running too many track workouts in the same direction, or simply running too many miles
HOW IS ILIOTIBIAL BAND FRICTION SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Assessment of the injury includes questions concerning the patient's general health, previous injuries and current injury. The aim of these questions is to determine which structure may be causing the pain and what treatment is appropriate. The therapist will then perform a physical assessment to help determine which structures are causing the pain and what might have contributed to the development. An MRI can confirm whether your injury can be diagnosed as ITBS.
HOW IS ILIOTIBIAL BAND FRICTION SYNDROME TREATED?
The various procedures of treatment include:
• Stretching of iliotibial band
• Instruct a person to avoid hills, shorten stride, and run on alternate sides of road
• Anti-inflammatory medicine
• Orthotics (if appropriate)
• Contrast baths
• Local steroid injection
DID YOU KNOW?
Postoperative rehabilitation is important in treatment of Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome