What is Iliotibial band Syndrome?
The iIliotibial (IT) band is a thick connective tissue that runs from the outside of your hip to the outside of your Knee. The outside of your thigh bone at the knee has a slight bump (Gerdy’s Tuberce). Iliotibial band syndrome is caused by excessive friction of the iliotibial band over as it slides over this bump during repetitive bending and straightening of the knee resulting in friction and irritation. This problem is often associated with running, cycling or walking long distances.
What Mechanical Factors Contribute to IT band syndrome?
- Excessive flattening of the feet when walking or running.
- Weak hip muscles causing excessive rotation of the hip.
- “Bow legged” knees.
- Tight calf muscles.
- Tight iliotibial band.
- Riding a bicycle with a seat that is too high.
What is The Preferred Treatment of Iliotibial Band Syndrome?
- Anti-inflmmatories (check with your physician first)
- Orthotics to correct flattening of the feet
- Exercises to correct muscle imbalances of the hip and stretch the tight IT band
- Cyclists proper bike fit
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