What is Iliotibial (ITB) Syndrome?

Iliotibial syndrome, also known as IT band syndrome, is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the outer thigh and knee. The iliotibial band is a thick band of tissue that runs along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee. When this band becomes tight or inflamed, it can cause pain and discomfort in the knee and thigh.


The symptoms of iliotibial syndrome can include pain or aching on the outside of the knee, swelling or tightness in the thigh, and a clicking or popping sensation in the knee joint. The condition is often caused by overuse or repetitive strain, such as running or cycling, but it can also be caused by structural problems in the knee or hip.


Treatment for iliotibial syndrome typically includes rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy can also be helpful in stretching and strengthening the muscles around the knee and hip, which can help to alleviate the strain on the iliotibial band.

In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation and pain.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for your specific condition.

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