The iliotibial band is a long piece of connective tissue that runs down the outer edge of your thigh, from the side of the hip to just below your knee. If this tissue becomes too tight or irritated, or if it rubs against your knee as your knee joint bends and extends, then significant pain and inflammation can develop. When this happens, a person can be said to have iliotibial band syndrome.
IT band syndrome is common among people who do physical activities like running, dancing, cycling. Failure to properly stretch and mobilize the IT band can lead to tightness and irritation of the band itself or the friction-reduced fluid-filled sac called bursae that are located beneath it. Likewise, not warming up properly, not getting enough rest between workouts, over-training, wearing poor footwear, using the improper running technique, or running downhill or on uneven surfaces (which can throw off hip/knee alignment) can also irritate the IT band and lead to symptoms which include:
Interestingly, certain postural abnormalities, like having wide hips, knocked knees (genu valgum), weak core muscles, and improper foot positioning can increase tension on the IT band and lead to symptoms as well.
Our New York chiropractor and the multidisciplinary team can provide you with a variety of services to alleviate your painful iliotibial band syndrome:
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