IT Band Syndrome
The Iliotibial band (ITB) is the longest tendon in the body running from the outside of your hip to the outside of the knee. It often tightens up to compensate for weak muscles elsewhere which leads to problems. Tight IT Bands cause friction on structures underneath them, most commonly causing pain on the outside of the knee.
What are symptoms of IT Band Syndrome?
IT Band Syndrome most often occurs after a period of activity being on your feet (running, walking) and starts as a tightness on the outside of the knee. This progresses to sharp shooting pains or “locking up” of the outside of the knee. Often it is a severe enough pain to stop the activity causing it.
What causes IT Band Syndrome?
The pain from IT Band Syndrome is caused by the tightness of the IT band itself, along with the friction a tight IT band creates with the tissues that underlie it. The most common friction causing spots are the outside of the thigh and knee. The underlying reason the IT band is tight is usually involves a muscle imbalance.
How do you treat IT Band Syndrome?
Active Release Techniques will lengthen the IT Band and will take pressure off of it and the other structures causing the pain. The doctor will give a proper examination to identify muscle imbalances to maintain that length.