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Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Causes

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is the result of poor training habits, equipment and anatomical abnormalities. Running on a banked surface bends the downhill leg slightly inward and causes extreme stretching of the band against femur, inadequate warm-up or cool-down, Increasing distance to quickly or excessive downhill running.

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Definition

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is one of the primary causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The iliotibial band is a superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the thigh, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting in the lower part of the knee. The band is crucial in stabilizing the knee during running, moving from behind the femur to the front during the gait cycle.

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Diagnosis is based on these factors are; pain around the lateral femoral epicondyle, tenderness when pressure is applied to this area, pain occurs when going from a straight leg to a bent knee

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Symptoms and Signs

Iliotibial Band Syndrome symptoms range from a stinging sensation just above the knee joint (on the outside of the knee or along the entire length of the iliotibial band) to swelling or thickening of the tissue at the point where the band moves over the femur. The pain may not show immediately during activity, but may intensify over time, especially as the foot strikes the ground.

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Treatment

To prevent, or cure chronic ITBS there are some essential exercises: Strength building of the hip abductors, which control ITB tightness, Performing specific stretches; Iliotibial band stretch, stretching the gluteal muscles, and other leg based static stretching

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