What is iliotibial band syndrome?

At Desio Sports Medicine, we see many patients in our practice who are dealing with injuries related to sports activities. It is critical that Worcester, MA area individuals take good care of their body and stay active, while also reducing their risk of sports injuries. Regardless, injuries happen, and Dr. Stephen M. Desio and his team encourage patients to reach out to him when problems occur. One common condition seen in his practice is that of iliotibial band syndrome.

What is iliotibial band syndrome?

Dr. Stephen M. Desio describes iliotibial band syndrome as a condition that occurs due to overuse or injury. It results in the inflammation of the iliotibial band, which is a tendon that runs down the outside portion of the thigh bone towards the knee and shinbone. It works with the thigh muscles to provide knee joint stability. However, if the iliotibial band is injured or inflamed, it can result in pain and discomfort that may require the assistance of a medical professional.

What causes iliotibial band syndrome?

The most common causes of this condition is overuse or injury. It is commonly seen in athletes such as runners and cyclists. Some activities and factors that may contribute to the damage of the iliotibial band include wearing improper shoes, running on uneven surfaces (trail running), muscle imbalances, and overpronation when running.

What are the symptoms of iliotibial band syndrome?

  • Pain on the outer knee
  • Swelling of the knee
  • Popping sensation when knee is bent and straightened
  • Pain after activities
  • Reduced pain when resting

What treatments are recommended for iliotibial band syndrome?

Treatment may include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Medications
  • Foam roller myofascial release
  • Physical therapy

Who can I talk to about a possible injury to the iliotibial band?

If you are dealing with an injury to the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons of the body and are in need of professional assistance, we encourage you to book an evaluation at Desio Sports Medicine at 123 Summer Street, Suite #520. Dr. Stephen M. Desio and his providers offer Worcester, MA area patients solutions for the body, especially when it comes to sports injuries. Contact his office today by phone at (508) 363-6363 to request an appointment.

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