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The iliotibial band (IT) is a fibrous band of tissue that connects the outside of the hip with the top of the tibia. The IT band provides support for the outside of the leg and knee and helps with flexing and bending the knee. In some cases, this band can rub against the hip or knee, causing what is called IT band syndrome. Our orthopedic physicians at DOCS Health can perform hip IT band syndrome treatment for patients at our medical center in Los Angeles.

Causes and Symptoms of IT Band Syndrome

The IT band helps support the outside of the leg and assists in the performance of the knee. However, repetitive knee bending when running, bicycling or stairclimbing can result in the IT band rubbing against the outside of the hip or knee, including aggravating the bursae. This can be caused by a tight IT band, poor alignment or doing more exercise than the body is accustomed to. Symptoms of IT band syndrome include:

  • Pain on the outside of the hip or knee
  • Tingling or prickling sensation in the thigh
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Popping sensation when bending the knee

IT band syndrome can cause irritation from the hip to the knee. The IT band can rub against the hip bursa, causing inflammation or bursitis. This can result in hip pain when exercising and at rest.

In most cases, hip IT band syndrome can be treated with conservative methods. Rest, ice and using non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help alleviate pain and swelling. Physical therapy can be useful to help strengthen the leg muscles and stretch the IT band to reduce stress on it. For ongoing issues, cortisone injections can be used, and in severe cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you have hip pain that is caused by IT band syndrome, contact our orthopedic sports injury specialists at DOCS Health. We offer hip IT band syndrome treatment at our facility in Los Angeles.