If you are a runner, you may already be familiar with what IT band syndrome is. The iliotibial (IT) band, runs alongside the knee. You are most at risk of developing IT band syndrome if you are engaged in activities that require your knee to bend over and over again. Some examples of this are climbing, cycling, and swimming. It is also a common running injury.
However, you don’t have to be a runner to experience this injury. If you have just started exercising, you may experience this too.
When subjected to overuse, the IT band gets tight and is more likely to rub along the knee. This is when you will feel pain and may experience swelling from the condition
If left untreated, this condition can get worse. You may need to take a break from the activity or sport that is causing you pain, and visit a physical therapist for a course of action to help you recover.
IT Band Syndrome Symptoms
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is possible that you may have IT band syndrome. Symptoms include:
- pain on the outside of your knee when practicing your favorite sport and also afterwards
- a feeling of clicking alongside the knee where the IT band is
- your knee feels sensitive when you touch it
- glutes feel tender
- outer knee is red and/or warm
- ache or burn that goes from the knee up to the thigh and/or hip
This condition can affect one or both knees.
How Runners Can Prevent IT Band Syndrome
If you are a runner, be aware of the terrain you are running on as this could have an impact on developing this condition. Uneven terrain and/or running downhill both make you more at risk for developing this. Also if you run in shoes that need to be replaced, it can make you more likely to get this.
IT Band Syndrome Treatment
If you are suffering from this, see a physical therapist. Physical therapy efforts will focus on reducing your pain and preventing further injury. Your physical therapist may start with recommending rest from the activity, ice, massage, stretching, and other physical therapy treatments that will help the IT band heal.
A physical therapist at Contact Physical Therapy will show you the proper way to do exercises to help you heal and prevent further injury to your IT band. With proper treatment this condition will improve and you can get back to enjoying your favorite activities.
To begin reducing the symptoms of your IT band syndrome and get back to enjoying the activities that you love, contact us today.