Iliotibial Band Syndrome – Allen, TX
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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome, also known as the IT Band Syndrome, is an overuse injury caused by inflammation of the iliotibial ligament.  The ligament plays an important role in providing stabilization to the knee joint.  It is thick band structure which runs from the lateral aspect of the thigh, from the hip to the tibia (shinbone). The condition is characterized by severe pain, irritation and limited range of motion.

Causes Of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome occurs mainly due to anatomical abnormalities, training habits, or muscular imbalances.

  • Anatomical Abnormalities: Weak hip muscle, leg length difference, excessive foot-strike, bowlegs or tightness about the iliotibial band, over-pronation of the foot.
  • Training Habits: Inadequate warm-up or cool-down exercises, excessive up-hill and down-hill running, wearing inappropriate shoes, continuous running on a banked surface, running up and down stairs, Breaststroke, etc.
  • Muscular imbalances: Weak hip abductor muscles, uneven stretching of the IT band, habits such as sitting cross-legged, weak multifidus muscle.

Symptoms Of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

  • Pain in the knee
  • Swelling of knee from outside
  • Thickening of tissue around the knee
  • Stinging sensation above the knee joint
  • Snapping or popping sound at the time of injury
  • Restricted or painful knee movements

Treatment For Iliotibial Band Syndrome

The treatment aims at reducing inflammation, pain and increasing mobilization of the affected knee joint.  The orthopedic doctor may initially use RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) to reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce the inflammation at the site. Topical anti- inflammatory ointment may also be used to ease the pain.
  • Cryotherapy may be used to reduce inflammation and promote the healing process.
  • Physical Therapy: Once the inflammation is reduced, various stretching and strengthening exercises may be recommended to increase strength of IT band.
  • The doctor may advise to avoid giving unnecessary stress to knee and also avoid participating activities which require knee movement.
  • If the conservative treatment methods fail to provide relief from the symptoms, the doctor may recommend the patient to undergo surgical procedure.

For treatment of Iliotibial Band Syndrome, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an n appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Allen, TX, call at (972) 727 – 9995.