Iliotibial Band Syndrome is an overuse injury of the tissues causing inflammation at the outer part of thigh and knee. It causes pain and tenderness in those areas, especially just above the knee joint. Your Iliotibial Band is a thick tissue or fascia that runs along the outside of your thigh starting at the hip and running all the way down to the knee. It can become irritated by being too tight or by compensating for other weak muscles that are not working like they should. When it gets inflamed or irritated, it can cause pain along the outside of either the hip or the knee.
Your therapy visit for treating ITB Syndrome would include the following:
- Warm up with moist heat or cycling on a recumbent bike to increase blood flow to the tissues, increase tissue extensibility and prepare for exercise.
- Hip and lower leg stretches to address any range of motion and mobility restrictions
- Core, hip and leg therapeutic exercises and activities to promote strength.
- Soft tissue mobilizations, massage to the IT Band and surrounding tissues to work on mobility.
- Kinseiotaping or McConnell taping for offloading the tissue or correcting alignment during activity.
- Electrical stimulation with an ice pack to the IT band to help with pain and any swelling that could be in the area.
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.
If you are having pain in your leg or have been diagnosed with iliotibial band syndrome, please come see us for a free consultation to see how we can assist you in your recovery. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
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