IT Band Tendinitis

About IT Band Tendinitis:

IT (iliotibial) Band Tendinitis is an injury that occurs when the iliotibial band of muscle fascia that runs from the pelvic brim to the just below the knee becomes inflamed as a result of injury or overuse. The causes of this injury are overuse or improper form resulting in weakness of the hip muscles and/or tightness in the band itself. This injury is common among athletes, especially runners and cyclists.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Knee or hip pain (felt with flexing and/or going up and down stairs)
  • Tenderness on the outside of the knee or hip joint
  • Tightness of the IT band and hamstrings
  • Weakness in the hip and buttock muscles.

How is it Treated?

  • Physical Therapy to correct the tightness and muscle imbalance
  • Anti-inflammatory medications and injections
  • Rare severe cases may require surgery

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