Your iliotibial (IT) band is a cord of connective tissue – also known as a ligament – that runs from the hip, past the knee to the top of your shin. The IT band keeps your knee stable as you bend your leg.
IT band syndrome happens when the ligament becomes inflamed and swollen. This injury is common in people who do a lot of running.
Our sports medicine experts help you get an accurate diagnosis so you can get the best treatment right from the start. We offer a complete range of IT band syndrome treatments, including physical therapy and special footwear (custom foot orthotics).
The symptoms of IT band syndrome can make it difficult to go about your daily life. At Aurora Health Care, you don’t have to wait to feel better. Our sports medicine doctors take same-day appointments throughout the week so you can get sports health care fast.
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The most common symptoms of IT band syndrome include swelling and pain on the outside of the knee.
You may also experience:
One way to determine whether the condition is IT band syndrome or some other knee problem is by bending your knee at a 45-degree angle. If you feel the pain on the outside of your knee, you likely have IT band syndrome.
Our sports medicine experts leave nothing to chance, though. They will perform a complete evaluation to confirm the diagnosis.
During an exam, we:
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We offer a broad range of treatments to help you make a full recovery and avoid re-injury. Our experts will explain which options are best for your unique circumstances, and together, you’ll make a plan to help you get back to your favorite activities.
Your IT band syndrome treatment may include: