Symptoms: Symptoms of iliotibial or ‘IT” band syndrome include a stabbing pain or burning sensation on the outside of your knee during physical activity. Usually, this pain does not occur immediately during physical activity, but rather somewhere in the middle of the activity.
Overview: Iliotibial band syndrome is also known as runner’s knee as it is most prevalent among runners. The iliotibial bands stretch across the outer side of each leg, starting about half-way up the outside of the thigh and running down over the outside of the knee before attaching to the top of the tibia (shinbone). When you bend or straighten your leg, the iliotibial band slides over the bony bump on the outer portion of the knee (lateral femoral epicondyle).
The more frequently you bend and straighten your knee, the more friction that gets built up on the iliotibial band. Over time, this friction can cause inflammation of the iliotibial band causing the pain associated with iliotibial band syndrome.
Those most at risk to suffering iliotibial band syndrome include runners who log more than 12 miles a week over several consecutive months. Running downhill, poor foot mechanics like over-pronation (inward rolling of the foot) can also contribute to iliotibial band syndrome. Bicycling and ballet can also cause the condition as can improper footwear and other structural or functional problems in the legs and feet.
Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. can help reduce the pain and inflammation from iliotibial band syndrome. She has a number of tools and techniques to help reduce they symptoms and prevent the condition from reoccurring.