Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Syndrome
Many of our patients come to us seeking relief from pain or tightness in the hip, thigh and knee. Common with our runners, IT Band Syndrome occurs when the IT band (the connective tissue that extends from the outside of the hip and attaches to the outside of the knee) becomes tight with overuse and causes friction against the bone. Overuse can cause inflammation and friction with the bone, sometimes causing tiny tears along the tissue.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptom is pain on the outside of the knee, sometimes radiating up the thigh or hip. This pain may be sharp and targeted to a specific area, or may run the length of the thigh. Swelling may also be present in the knee.
How is it diagnosed?
This issue is common among those who spend much of their time on their feet, or those who perform repetitive motions or exercises. It is most common with runners. The pain can be exacerbated by wearing worn-out shoes when running or not taking adequate rest time in between runs.
How is it treated?
Chiropractic adjustments to ensure hips are aligned properly and to correct muscle imbalance are especially important. This issue is usually resolved by myofascial release, stretching, and rest. After treatment, we recommend patients use their foam roller to massage and release the tissue between the side of the hip to the connecting point of the knee. Follow-up appointments are important to keep the issue from becoming chronic.