Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band syndrome)

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

What is IT Band Syndrome?

Iliotibial band syndrome is a painful inflammation of the iliotibial band. This is a thick, tendon-like portion of a muscle. It travels from the pelvis down the lateral side of the thigh and across the knee to connect to the tibia. It has many functions which include:

  • Stabilizing the outside of the knee through its range of motion.
  • Moving the hip away from the midline of the body.
  • Assisting with knee flexion/extension.


Iliotibial Band Syndrome Causes

ITBS is an overuse injury resulting from poor training habits most commonly seen in long distance athletes such as runners and cyclists. However, certain individuals are more prone to ITBS. Discrepancies in leg length, pelvic tilts, or bowed legs may cause the IT band to become very tight and become irritated in times of activity.


Signs and Symptoms of IT Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) causes pain aggravated by activity. It is felt on the outer side of the knee. This is due to inflammation caused by the band crossing back and forth. However, stinging feelings in the leg may be one of the first, often overlooked warning signs.

Knee Anatomy

Frontal view of knee joint anatomy with parts labeled.

To learn about Stretching the IT Band, Read our Article on Healthy Stretches.

JOI Rehab

Whether you are suffering from ITBS or injuries resulting from any type of activity; JOI has physical therapy clinics conveniently located in Jacksonville and Northeast FL who specialize in orthopedic rehab.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045.

By: Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist


Where is Telemedicine frequently used?

All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.


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