Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial band is the leg's fibrous tissues. Iliotibial band and thigh muscles help to stabilize the knee joint. Iliotibial band syndrome is the following situation: iliotibial band becomes inflamed, causing lateral knee pain.

During walking or running, iliotibial band rubs the lateral femoral epicondyle, making the surrounding region prone to inflammation. The common symptoms include: knee irritation, knee stinging sensation, tissue swelling or thickening, moving difficulty.

The common causes include: excessive running training, cycling, hiking, rowing, leg-length discrepancies. The patient should avoid excessive training or aggravating activities, and use the following methods to reduce the inflammation: ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or cortisone injection.