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Iliotibial Band Syndrome Los Angeles, CA

The iliotibial band is a fibrous tissue that stretches between the hip and the top of the tibia (shin bone), offering support to the outside of the knee, thigh and hip. When running, climbing stairs or other activities involving knee movement, the iliotibial band can rub against the bones in the knee, causing what is called IT band syndrome. Our doctors at DOCS Health offer knee iliotibial (IT) band syndrome treatment at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.

Causes and Symptoms of Knee IT Band Syndrome

IT band syndrome is often called runner’s knee due to the prevalence of this condition in runners. The IT band stretches across the bottom of the femur and down to the top of the tibia. When running, it can slide back and forth across the end of the femur and the bursa in that location, causing irritation. Cycling, hiking and other long-distance activities can also lead to IT band syndrome.

IT band syndrome and accompanying symptoms are more likely when certain risk factors occur. Not stretching, improper footwear, running on uneven surfaces and pushing yourself too hard can all increase the chance of knee IT band syndrome. Symptoms of IT band syndrome include:

  • Pain on the outside of the leg
  • Swelling and pain on the upper outside of the knee
  • Clicking or popping when bending knee
  • Burning, redness or tenderness on the outside, upper knee

Conservative treatments for knee IT band syndrome include rest, ice and over-the-counter medications. Improving stretching methods, footwear and exercise technique can help reduce IT band irritation when exercising. Some individuals can benefit from steroid injections or beginning physical therapy to reduce inflammation and prevent further irritation to the knee.

If you have symptoms of knee iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, treatment is available at DOCS Health. Contact our clinic in Los Angeles to schedule an exam and consultation if you are suffering from knee pain.