Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Sports Medicine – Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is a common cause of lateral knee pain. ITBS develops among athletes who either run constantly or who repeatedly flex or extend their knees. Long distance runners and cyclists are extremely prone to ITBS, but it is also found in tennis, soccer and volleyball players.

Symptoms

  • Pain on the outside of knee especially during exercise
  • Tightness in the Illiotibial band
  • Weakness during hip abduction

Treatment

  • Rest and Ice
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Ultrasound and electronic stimulation
  • Anti-inflammatory medication when necessary
  • Surgery for severe cases