Illotibial band syndrome, also known as ITBS, is one of the most common injuries of the leg involving overuse. This type of injury is common among individuals who are involved in endurance sports, such as running, cycling, etc. ITBS is typically treated with physical therapy, as physical therapists help with reducing pain, restore movement, and help you return to your usual activities.
What is IT Band Syndrome?
IT band syndrome occurs when there is excessive irritation on the outside of the knee, which can be very painful. The IT band is a soft tissue that runs along the side of the thigh from the pelvis to the knee. When there is friction between the IT band and the underlying structures, irritation and inflammation arises, which is caused by repetitive straightening and bending of the knee. IT band syndrome typically occurs to runners and cyclists.
Symptoms of IT Band Syndrome
If you suffer from IT band syndrome, you may experience:
- Stabbing or stinging pain near the outside of the knee
- A snapping feeling as you bend and straighten your knee
- Swelling near the outside of your knee
- Occasional tightness of pain on the outside of the hip
- Continuous pain when performing activities such as walking, climbing or going down stairs, and getting up from a sitting position
How Can a Physical Therapist Help?
At BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine, our team is highly skilled in treatment strategies for IT band syndrome that focus on the following:
- Range of motion
- Muscle strength
- Manual therapy
- Functional training
If you suffer from IT band syndrome, then it is important to seek help from a knee pain specialist in Los Angeles. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help relieve you of your pain and improve your functionality.