Nov 15, 2012
Iliotibial Band (ITB) Friction Syndrome
by Pamela Fioretti, DPT at Moore
What is ITB Friction Syndrome?
Iliotibial Band Syndrome is a common overuse injury most typically caused by repetitive knee bending (flexion) and straightening (extension). The ITB is a thick band of connective tissue that extends from the hip to just below the knee-joint. Therefore, there is an increased risk of irritation along the hip or more commonly, near the knee. The bending and extension motion causes the edge of the ITB to rub across the outer portion of the end of the thigh bone leading to inflammation of the tissue underneath the band. People typically feel a diffuse pain or burning on the outer portion of the knee.
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