Running is beneficial for its health benefits. These benefits include improved cardiovascular health, weight loss, and stress relief. But, like with any sport, there is risk for injury. One of the most common injuries in running is knee pain. Knee pain can be caused by any number of reasons and felt on various locations of the knee. If you are experiencing knee pain on the side of your knee, then the IT Band may the culprit. With some insights from a physical therapist, combined with stretching and strengthening exercises, we can have you back on your feet and running again in no time!
The Iliotibial Band (IT Band) is a thick band of fascia that aides in knee stability, especially during activity. The IT band extends from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and then attaches just below the knee. IT Band Syndrome occurs when there is increased friction where the ITB crosses the knee joint. This increased friction results in a condition that causes pain on the outer side of the knee. It is a condition commonly found in runners and cyclists. This is the result of repetitive knee flexion activities leading to tightening of the IT Band.
ITBS results from a variety of possible reasons. Some of these reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Improper training/footwear
- Overpronation during stance phase of gait
- Abnormal pelvis tilting
- Bowed legs
- Leg length discrepancy
Whatever the cause, if you are experiencing pain while running, it is important to stop the activity to avoid further injury to the area. A physical therapist can help identify the pain source. They can also direct you towards the appropriate stretches and exercises to relieve pain and get you back to your regular activities safely.
ITB pain can be relieved through conservative treatment, including stretching and strengthening the muscles of the hip lower body. If you are feeling pain or discomfort around the knee but have not experienced a knee injury, then your IT Band may be the reason. Our physical therapists will assess and treat your knee pain so that you can get back to the activities that you enjoy!
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