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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

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  • This painful condition is located in the lateral (back) side of the knee.  Iliotibial band syndrome (IT band) is a common cause of pain over the lateral knee.  It also causes tenderness to the touch.  It is a condition that recurs, because of repeated inflammation of this band of tissue.
  • The IT band is a tendon.  It starts at the front of the iliac bone (a bone in the pelvis) and inserts on the tibia bone of the leg, below the lateral knee.  It flexes the hip (that is, it pulls the thigh up toward the abdomen).
  • The IT band is located at the lateral edge of a very thick band of tissue called the fascia lata, and the IT band joins with it.  The fascia lata also runs in the same direction (from the front of the pelvis, to a point below the lateral knee).

  • Pain over the lateral knee and/or hip on the affected side
  • Tenderness of the lateral knee, to touch
  • Both the pain and tenderness are due to friction of the IT band as it constantly rubs against a bony part of the femur (thigh bone).  The IT band rubs against the lateral femoral condyle, which is a bony projection of the thighbone, just above the knee.
  • At the end of the IT band nearest the hip, another condition can occur, which is called, "IT band subluxation."  This condition is usually a minor annoyance because it causes a snapping sensation like a snapping rubber band, but usually does not cause much pain.
  • The IT band at the hip lies lateral to a bony bulge on the femur (thighbone) called the "greater trochanter."  With repeated stretching of a short IT band, the IT band can suddenly jump over this bony bulge and end up on the inside edge of the greater trochanter.  The IT band causes a snapping sensation as it jumps.

  • This is an overuse syndrome.  This tendon has excessive activity, and a small amount of tendon is torn and stretched.  This is most likely to happen if (1) the IT band is slightly short in total length, and (2) the IT band is repeatedly stretched during constant exercise.

  • Diagnosis of this condition is by a history that suggests an overuse of the knee, or a history of downhill running, or dancing such as ballet dancing.  Also, the pain and tenderness would clearly be originating outside the knee joint, over the lateral knee (or over the greater trochanter of the femur).

  • Athletes and dancers, starting with the age group of late-childhood and adolescence
  • Runners, especially with prolonged downhill running
  • Runners who already have genu valgus (knock-knees)

  • Treatment of IT band syndrome:
    1. Stretching exercises to stretch the IT band
    2. Anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen
    3. Ice packs
    4. Possible steroid injections into the IT band
    5. Ultrasound treatments over the IT band at the knee
  • Treatment of IT band subluxation:

- If the patient has IT band subluxation with "snapping," he/she can minimize it by avoiding rotating the hip in and out, keeping the leg pointing straight ahead.  More vigorous treatment of IT band subluxation would involve: (1) ultrasound treatments of the IT band at the hip, (2) anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen, (3) steroid injection into the covering over the greater trochanter (the greater trochanteric bursa).


  • Consult a physician for any recurrent pain or tenderness near the hip joint or knee joint.  This might be one of the IT band conditions if the person is a runner or dancer.
  • Your physician will examine the knee to see if there is pain and tenderness in this particular area of the lateral knee; or pain and tenderness over the greater trochanter near the hip.
  • The physician may take X-rays and perform special maneuvers of the lower extremity to determine if the pain is inside a joint or outside a joint.

  • A torn lateral meniscus (a saucer-shaped piece of tissue inside the knee joint) might give similar pain in the lateral knee, but only the pain is similar.
  • The IT band syndrome feels more like a muscle ache, not a severe pain inside the knee joint. Also, the IT band syndrome does not usually make a person feel as though the knee joint is unstable, and it does not make the person feel as though he or she will suddenly fall.  A torn lateral meniscus frequently does make a person feel that way.




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