IT Band Pain

Iliotibial band (ITB) pain syndrome is an overuse injury involving the connective tissue that are located on the outer part of the thigh and knee. The iliotibial band (IT band) is a thick band that originates at the iliac crest and runs in the outer portion of thigh and crosses the knee and attaches to the top part of the shin bone (tibia).


What causes IT band tendonitis?

Generally, this is an overuse syndrome that is often seen in long distance runners, as well as in bicyclist and athletes that repeatedly squat. Potential causes of iliotibial band tendonitis include overtraining or running on uneven surfaces. Predisposing factors such as leg length limb discrepancy, genu varum (bow legged), varus hindfoot, and foot pronation (rolling inward of the ankle) tend to be further predisposed with this condition. Poor training techniques such as using inappropriate footwear and ergonomics and muscle imbalances of the pelvis, hip, knee and ankle can further exacerbate this condition.

What are the symptoms of IT band tendonitis?

  • Swelling
  • Snapping or popping of the knee
  • Tenderness

Common Treatments Available for IT Band Pain