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Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is an injury that occurs when the iliotibial band, a thick band of connective tissue running down the outer side of the thigh from the hip to the shin, becomes irritated and inflamed. ITBS is often seen in runners and athletes who engage in repetitive flexion and extension activities. It manifests as pain and tenderness on the outer part of the knee or thigh, aggravated by activities like running downhill or prolonged bending of the knee.

The symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) typically involve pain and discomfort on the outer part of the knee or thigh.

Here’s a breakdown of the common symptoms associated with ITBS:

  • Pain on the Outer Knee or Thigh: The primary symptom of ITBS is pain that is felt on the outer side of the knee or thigh. The pain might start as a dull ache and gradually worsen over time.
  • Painful Activities: The pain is often intensified by activities that involve repetitive knee flexion and extension. The friction between the iliotibial band & the underlying bone can lead to an increased discomfort during these activities.
  • Tenderness: The area over the outer part of the knee or thigh may be tender to touch. Pressing on the affected area or rubbing the iliotibial band might elicit discomfort.
  • Stiffness: Stiffness or tightness in the iliotibial band & the surrounding muscles may be experienced, especially after physical activity or upon waking up in the morning.
  • Swelling: Some individuals with ITBS might experience mild swelling around the outer knee, although significant swelling is less common.
  • Pain During Knee Flexion: Bending the knee, especially beyond a certain angle, can trigger or worsen the pain due to increased tension on the iliotibial band.
  • Pain Resolving with Rest: Resting & avoiding activities that aggravate the symptoms can lead to a reduction in pain. However, resuming the triggering activities may cause the pain to return.
  • Possible Hip Pain: In some cases, individuals with ITBS might also experience discomfort or pain at the hip joint due to the connection of the iliotibial band to the hip muscles.

It’s important to note that the severity of Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) symptoms can vary among individuals.

If you suspect you have ITBS or experience persistent pain and discomfort on the outer knee or thigh, you can schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons by visiting the link here or by calling our main office number at: (908) 486-1111.