Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

When you experience pain on the outside of your knee, it could be a sign of iliotibial band syndrome. Iliotibial band syndrome is most common in runners, especially after they increase their workouts. It’s essentially an overuse injury.

This condition involves a tissue known as the “iliotibial band”. The iliotibial band runs down the outer part of the leg from the pelvis to shinbone, crossing the knee.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome Symptoms

Iliotibial band syndrome causes inflammation (pain) on the outer area of your knee. The pain sometimes spreads up the thigh to the hip area. The pain occurs when people run or indulge in other physical activity.

For some people, the pain lasts even after they finish their workout. Movements that make the pain worse include going up and down stairs, and standing up from a seated position.

Diagnosing Iliotibial Band Syndrome

No special tests are necessary to diagnose iliotibial band syndrome. My Knee Doc or your physiotherapist can diagnose this condition by examining your knee and from your symptoms.

However, an X-ray or MRI scan may become necessary to rule out any other causes for your symptoms.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome Treatment

The first part of treatment involves things you can do on your own to reduce the pain. To ease your symptoms, you could:

Take a pain relieving medication. Over-the-counter medicines include paracetemol or ibuprofen.

Rest your knee and avoid activities or movements that worsen the pain further.

Put ice on the outside of your knee when it hurts or after you indulge in pain causing activity. Use ice on the painful area for about 15 minutes every couple of hours.

Follow exercises, as advised by My Knee Doc, to stretch and strengthen the muscles around your hip and knee. You can start these exercises when your pain settles down.

Tips for Preventing Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Change your trainers when they wear out.

Run on even surfaces.

Run around a track or circuit in both directions (and not only in one direction).

Ease up on your training and not run as far or as hard as before the diagnosis.

Have an expert or check how you run (a running gait analysis) to make sure you run the correct way.

An expert’s advice is crucial in diagnosing iliotibial band syndrome. Contact My Knee Doc for a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis.

Call 0161 4646399  today to arrange a consultation with Mr Gareth Stables.