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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome Treatment Oak Park ILWhat is the Iliotibial Band?

The Iliotibial Band is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the leg. It begins at the hip and extends to the outer side of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint. This band functions in coordination with several of the thigh muscles to provide stability to the outside of the knee joint.

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is due to inflammation of the iliotibial band. The irritation usually occurs over the outside of the knee joint, at the lateral epicondyle–the end of the femur (thigh) bone. The iliotibial band crosses bone and muscle at this point; between these structures is a bursa which should facilitate a smooth gliding motion. However, when inflamed, the iliotibial band does not glide smoothly, and pain associated with movement is the result.

What are the Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome include pain to the knee joint when irritated by movement. Frequently, the pain worsens with continued movement and resolves with rest.
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