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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

If you’re an athlete experiencing aching or sharp pan on the outside of your knee or hip, you might have a tight iliotibial band. Your iliotibial band is a tendon that can rub against your hip or knee bones. The swelling and irritation can cause several symptoms. You may need physical therapy with combined medication.


Iliotibial band syndrome is where a tendon called the iliotibial band gets irritated or swollen from rubbing against your hip or knee bones. The tendon is on the outside of your leg, and it goes from the top of your pelvic bone down to your knee. It rubs against your bones when it gets too tense (tight). There are many reasons why your iliotibial band might tighten.

Tendons are flexible, elastic-like fibrous tissues that connect your muscles to your bones. Your tendon pulls on the bone when you squeeze a muscle, and that makes your bone move.


Who does iliotibial band syndrome affect (ITBS)?

You’re at a higher risk for iliotibial band syndrome if you’re young and exercise frequently.

Examples of athletes who are most prone to ITBS include:

  • Basketball players.

  • Cyclists.

  • Hockey players.

  • Runners.

  • Skiers.

  • Soccer players.

Even if you're not an athlete, there are still some traits that give you a slightly above average chance of getting iliotibial band syndrome. Reasons include:

  • Bowed legs.

  • Having one leg that’s longer than the other.

  • Knee arthritis.

  • Rotating your ankle, leg or foot inward when you move.

  • Weakness in your hip muscles, butt muscles or abdominal muscles.


Contact us if you suffer from ITB Syndrome or any other related symptoms.

Chris Heunis

Clinical Therapist

Healing Hands Jeffreys Bay

Member of CAMS (Complimentary & Alternative Medical Science) Institute 

Tel No: 084 767 2913

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