Cyclist’s Knee

By Elizabeth Keane, ATC

What is Cyclist’s Knee?

Cyclist’s knee, or IT band friction syndrome, can be debilitating. IT band syndrome is commonly seen in cyclists who have genu varum, or excessive pronation or flat feet. Irritation develops at the insertion point of the muscle. Also, friction occurs, over the lateral femoral condyle on the outside of the knee. Furthermore, think of your IT band as a guitar string. When a guitar string is tight and you strum your finger over the string repetitively, eventually your finger is going to get red and sore. In the same way, when your IT band continuously “plucks” over the lateral femoral condyle every time you bend and straighten your knee when cycling it will also get sore.

Treatment for Cyclist’s Knee

Treatment for this type of injury includes IT band stretching, massage and taking an anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation. In addition, other management procedures may include getting a bike fit to make sure that the settings on your bike are correct for you and your level of experience.

Cyclists knee can be a debilitating condition.

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