ITB (Iliotibial band) friction syndrome is a common injury among runners and cyclists. It occurs when the iliotibial band, a thick band of tissue that runs along the outer thigh from the hip to the knee, becomes tight and rubs against the thigh bone. This can cause pain and inflammation on the outside of the knee.
ASAP Rehab and Performance, our team of experienced chiropractors and physical therapists are dedicated to providing effective ITB friction syndrome treatment in Houston. We understand that every patient is unique, and we will develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.
What is iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS)?
Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is a common overuse injury that affects the iliotibial band, a thick band of tissue that runs along the outer thigh from the hip to the knee. The iliotibial band helps to stabilize the knee joint and is responsible for controlling the movement of the thigh muscles. When the iliotibial band becomes tight or inflamed, it can cause pain and discomfort in the knee, hip, and thigh.
What are the types of iliotibial band syndrome?
There are two main types of iliotibial band syndrome: acute and chronic. Acute ITBS is caused by a sudden injury or trauma to the iliotibial band, while chronic ITBS is caused by repetitive overuse of the band over time. Both types of ITBS can cause similar symptoms, but the severity and duration of symptoms can vary depending on the type of injury.
What Are the Symptoms?
The most common symptoms of iliotibial band syndrome include:
- Pain or discomfort on the outer side of the knee, hip, or thigh
- Stiffness or tightness in the iliotibial band
- Swelling or inflammation in the affected area
- Weakness or instability in the knee joint
- Difficulty walking or running
Symptoms may be mild to severe and can worsen with activity.
How Will My Doctor Test for It?
To diagnose iliotibial band syndrome, your doctor will perform a physical examination and take a medical history. They may also use imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor may also ask you to perform certain movements or exercises to help identify the source of the pain.
Iliotibial band syndrome is a common overuse injury that affects the iliotibial band, a thick band of tissue that runs along the outer thigh from the hip to the knee. It can cause pain and discomfort in the knee, hip, and thigh and can be caused by both acute and chronic injury. If you are experiencing symptoms of ITBS, it is important to seek medical attention. Treatment options include physical therapy, rest, and in some cases, surgery. ASAP Rehab and Performance we offer different treatment options to help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by ITBS. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.