What is it?
The iliotibial band is a strong band of connective tissue that runs from the hip region on the outside of the thigh and attaches onto the outside part of the shin bone.
Where this band passes over the base of the thigh bone friction between the bone and the ITB occurs.
With activities involving repeated bending of the knee this excessive friction can lead to inflammation of the structures between the ITB and thigh bone.
What do I look for?
- The symptoms usually consist of an ache or sharp pain in the outer region of the knee and thigh.
- Usually aggravated by activities such as running, especially downhill
What causes it?
- Muscle imbalances in the lumbo-pelvic and thigh region
- Overtraining, especially running downhill
When do you see someone for help?
Your Lifecare practitioner will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate management plan. Often this problem can require a sports medicine doctor, physiotherapist, and/or podiatrist to assist.
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