Ilio-Tibial Band Syndrome

The iliotibial band (ITB) is a very strong piece of connective tissue that runs from the outside of the pelvis down to the outside of the tibia below the knee.

 

ITB Syndrome is inflammation resulting from the band rubbing against the lateral femoral condyle of the knee joint. The pain around the outside of the knee builds during exercise and eases with rest. 

 

Diagnosis is usually made from accurate clinical evaluation and occasionally ultrasound or MRI scanning. Treatment options include Physiotherapy, anti-Inflammatory medications, and sometimes guided injections into the area to reduce inflammation. The runner often benefits from running education to help prevent recurring episodes.