For Iliotibial Band Syndrome, the IT band is a ligament on the outside of the thigh that runs from the hip down to the outside of the knee. When the IT band is tight it may rub against the thigh bone with activity and cause irritation and inflammation. It is a common cause of knee pain.
Once physical therapy is initiated for iliotibial band syndrome, a home exercise program will be given to perform while not in the clinic or after being discharged from facility. A home exercise program is important to maintain results achieved in the clinic and to prevent symptoms from reoccurring. The HEP will have a description of each exercise and pictures will be provided as well.
Listed below is a sample of what may be on your HEP for ITB syndrome:
- ITB stretch with strap – lie on your back and loop a towel or strap at the base of the foot and pull up with strap keeping knee straight, then cross over body until a stretch is felt from side of hip down to knee. Hold about 30 seconds 3 times, perform about twice a day.
- Hamstring stretch with strap – lie on back and loop a towel or strap at the base of the foot and pull up with strap keeping knee straight. Hold about 30 seconds 3 times, perform twice a day.
- It’s also important to get plenty of rest to allow healing and decrease any swelling.
- Ice the affected area if really painful, tender, or swollen. Heat area if really tight or before stretching.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
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