ITBS (iliotibial band syndrome) is a common overuse injury that affects the outer side of the knee. It occurs when the iliotibial band, a thick band of connective tissue running from the hip down to the shin, becomes irritated or inflamed due to repetitive friction over the outer knee joint. ITBS is often seen in runners and athletes who engage in activities that involve repetitive knee flexion and extension. Symptoms include sharp or burning pain on the outer knee, which worsens with activity.
At STRONG., we recommend seeking help through physiotherapy or chiropractic as a first step. Treatments are individualized to your needs and preferences but typical sessions may include exercise or rehabilitation focusing on the lower limb, relative rest and activity modification, tissue release of tight muscles, joint mobilization/manipulation, or acupuncture. As your pain subsides, working with a personal trainer on lower body and core strength can often be helpful as a second step.
Treatments may include: