The Iliotibial band (ITB) is a long, strong band of dense fibrotic tissue that extends from the hip and attaches into the outside of the lower leg. This band is designed to help increase stability and strength to the outside of the leg and knee and it increases the mechanical advantage of the lateral hip muscles. Normally this band must move back and forth over the lateral prominence of the femur at the knee during our normal walking and running, and this should occur without any issues. When there are faulty gait biomechanics which increase the angle the knee, this will bring the ITB closer to the lateral femoral condyle and this normal movement back and forth from the ITB begins to rub and irritate the band. This is a condition most often seen in runners, specifically any runner that runs on an uneven surface or has faulty gait biomechanics.
Signs and Symptoms:
Someone suffering form Iliotibial Band Syndrome will usually report pain located at the lateral aspect of the knee that comes on with running for an extended period of time. The pain can range from intense and stabbing to a dull ache and significant swelling is not usually found. They will usually report just beginning the running routine, or recently changing the route or the intensity of the run. After the first time they feel the pain, rest and relaxation can relieve the condition, but when they resume running the pain returns with an increased intensity.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome has been found to respond well to conservative Chiropractic treatment which can relieve the initial pain and work on finding the exact cause to fix that and prevent re-injury in the future.
If you or someone you know is suffering from knee pain due to Iliotibial Band Syndrome, come into Advanced Healthcare and have Dr. Pisarek develop a customized treatment protocol, without the use of drugs or surgery, that will have you on the road to living and running pain free today!