If you are diagnosed with ITB syndrome, our specialist may:
- given you an injection of corticosteroids into the area to relieve the pain
- refer you to a physiotherapist for treatment to stretch you ITB, correct muscle imbalance, and improve muscle strength
ITB Band Pain
The iliotibial band (ITB) is involved in extending (straightening) the knee, moving the hip sideways, and stabilising the leg during running. Overuse of this tendon can cause iliotibial band syndrome, in which the iliotibial band becomes painful.
ITB Band Pain Causes
This condition is common in sports such as running or cycling, which can overuse the iliotibial band. It is caused by repetitive rubbing of this tenon over the outside of the femur (thigh bone) close to the knee, and repeated bending of the knee. This causes friction, followed by inflammation and pain in the tendon; inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled sac) beneath the tendon can also occur.
Symptoms & Diagnosis of ITB Band Syndrome
The first sign of iliotibial band syndrome may be pain on the outside of your knee, particularly when walking down the stairs. Running may make the pain worse, especially when going downhill. You may also notice a swelling or thickening of the tissue, or tightness, around the outside of your upper leg. Your knee may also be painful when you bend or straighten it and you may experience weakness when you move your hips sideways. Our specialist will make a diagnosis by assessing your symptoms, although he may also recommend an ultrasound or an MRI scan to confirm the diagnosis.
Risks & Complications of ITB Band Syndrome
If iliotibial band syndrome is left untreated, you may epxerience persistent long-term pain in your knee and hip.