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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

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Snapping hip



  • The iliotibial band is a thickened fascia extending from the tensor fascia lata muscle to the lateral side of the upper shin bone (tibia) that runs along the outside of the thigh.  Iliotibial band syndrome is a result of the overuse of this muscle.

  • Discomfort and pain at the outer side of the knee, especially during activity
  • Palpable snapping sensation with hip motion

  • Repetitive bending and straightening of the knee is the main cause.  During the knee motion, the tight iliotibial band rubs over the bony prominence of the hip or knee.  The repetitive friction may cause the inflammation of the iliotibial band.  It often occurs with Trochanteric Bursitis
  • There are underlying conditions which cause the tightness of iliotibial band, leading to iliobitial band syndrome:
    1. Leg-length discrepancy
    2. Bow legs
    3. Foot deformities such as pes cavus (high-arched foot) or an excessive pronation (strange angel bending) of the foot.
    4. Inappropriate shoes that cause excessive pronation during activity
    5. Bad training habits -- running on a road with one side curved downward
    6. Excessive running on one side of the road

  • Rest and apply ice to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Stretching exercise of a tight iliotibial band
  • Correction of the underlying cause




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