Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome affects mostly people who engage in activities that involve repetitive knee movements such as running, cycling, and hiking. It is common among athletes and fitness enthusiasts, particularly runners and cyclists. It is also common among people who have a sudden increase in physical activity, such as military personnel and hikers.
Additionally, individuals with certain underlying conditions may be more at risk for developing IT band syndrome. These may include:
- Muscle imbalances: People with imbalances in the muscles around the hip and thigh may be more likely to develop IT band syndrome.
- Overpronation: Overpronation, a condition in which the foot rolls inward too much when walking or running, can put extra stress on the IT band.
- Leg length discrepancies: People with one leg that is slightly longer than the other may be more prone to IT band syndrome.
- Pain on the outside of the knee, which is often worse when running downhill or on a banked surface.
- Stiffness or tightness in the iliotibial band.
- Tenderness and swelling in the area of pain.
- A snapping or popping sensation in the knee when the iliotibial band rubs over the thigh bone. Weakness or instability in the knee.
Three Exercises for Iliotibial Band Syndrome
How We Can Help
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