Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Another injury associated with overtraining is Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome).  The point of discomfort is the outside of the knee. This injury is caused by repeated friction of the tendon rubbing against the outside of the knee.  This type of injury is usually noticed early on in training.

IT Band Syndrome presents with:

An ache or burning on the outside of the knee while running or just after running.  Sometimes the pain will radiate up the outside of the thigh.

Although there usually isn’t any swelling, You can notice an increased amount of stiffness even though the motion of your knee is normal.  You may experience a snapping with movement.  IT Band Syndrome can be improved with stretching, strengthening and rest from running.

I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services

Moving You To A Pain-Free Lifestyle

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

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