Talk:Iliotibial band syndrome

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ITB Syndrome It's incredibly painful and endlessly frustrating. It's one of the most common and debilitating conditions one can come across as they begin running distance. Fortunately, with a combination of ice massage, strength training, flexibility training and proper running shoes, you can overcome it.

Some tips:
- Be sure your shoes are providing enough support and not forcing pronation.
- Alternate your regular runs with water running. 45 minutes in 3 feet of water will help strengthen your knee.
- STRETCH! There are certain stretches you can do to help loosen the ITB.
check here:
- ICE MASSAGE! Do whatever you can to keep inflamation under control. Fill and freeze small dixie cups and massage the ITB for 20 minutes on several occasions in the days followig a long run.
- Try an ITB Strap. They are available at any specialty shop and should limit the amount of movement the ITB can make across your knee joint. Use for endurance runs, but do not use excessively, as they can serve to weaken the ITB in the long run.
- Tighten up your gait and attempt to run on asphalt or grass whenever possible. Careful of cars and roots!

Also check out this thread:,1036.0.html

And these links:

Treatment section of this article[edit]

The Treatment section of this article need rewriting to avoid the use of the first person. See:


The first sentence reads: "Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS or ITBFS, for Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome) is a common thigh injury". However, in the Definition section, the following definition is given: "Iliotibial Band Syndrome is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners."

As I understand it, the Iliotibial Band runs down the side of the leg from the hip joint to the knee joint and with Iliotibial Band Syndrome, pain is more common in the knee, although it does show up in the hip as well.

I'm no doctor and don't feel qualified in altering the page, but I would like to see a better definition given.

Answer to confused[edit]

The answer is that the problem occurs in the upper thigh and pelvic region, but the pain is felt in the knee.

For instance the tightness and scar tissue for me occurs on the butt, but the pain is in the knee.

Problem is that there is too much tension on the outside of the knee... There is nothing wrong with the knee it is just to tight on one side (outer) Don't let anyone tell you that you need knee surgery what you need is to stop the pelvic tilt and you will stop the ITB from being so tight... Work on you core abbs and your adductor (Inner Thigh) If they are weak the IT band will get tight also


My pain is arond my hip and thigh area and mostly when I climb stairs. I also experience pain when trying to lay on the side the pain is on hence causing restless sleep. I have no pain in the knee and can honestly say I am not a runner I do however use the treadmill at the gym on a walk and slow jog progarmme which is not for more that 15 minutes a couple of times a week. I am a nurse and am on my feet most of the day and getting up off a chair if I have sat for a while is a killer. I must say I have gained a bit of weight in the last 6 months because I have not been going to the gym as much as well as being too tired after a 12 hour shift. I was told to do the teapot stretch which actually aggrivated it and has been worse since —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:48, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Image/Picture relevance[edit]

Could an image of actual subject matter be included? Perhaps this: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:03, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

  • Agreed. For such a common runner's ailment this article needs a lot of work. at least the treatment section has been properly marked for needed references. I would suggest NIH or similar government sources for photos and medical references. General US Govt works are, in general public domain. Copyright_status_of_work_by_the_U.S._government Whether the ITB sypmtoms originate in the knee or not, a picture of the knee showing the pain site would be much more valuable than the one shownNrjank (talk) 12:25, 10 September 2013 (UTC)
  • How about this image?
Ilitiobial Band Syndrome and pain area that is most often felt.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Healthimage (talkcontribs) 06:52, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

More information on cycling?[edit]

The article says "In cycling, having the feet "toed-in" to an excessive angle" is a cause of this injury. What is an excessive angle? Approximately how many degrees? And what does "toed-in" mean? Wsmss (talk) 15:00, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Alternative Training methods[edit]

I'm a runner that has been having IT band problems on and off for about a year and a half now. I've been doing lots of stretching, and have been using a foam roller regularly (I actually upgraded from a foam roller to a piece of PVC pipe recently), but I'm finding that it really just needs rest for long periods of time. Unfortunately, that doesn't cut it for me and I am looking for acceptable forms of cross-training. There was a list of things I shouldn't do, but I'd like some aerobic endurance activities that I can do. I've heard aqua jogging is good, and I plan on doing yoga and strength exercises, but I'd like to do more. I also didn't see jump-roping on the list of activities to avoid, and was wondering if that was acceptable. Thanks, Love2runjust4fun (talk) 18:18, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

List of sports to avoid[edit]

Whilst it is useful to list common sports that may cause and aggravate the injury, the list is excessive. I suggest only a few main sports are mentioned inc. running, football, cycling and perhaps dance. Such a long list causes the article to lose focus. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:46, 17 August 2012 (UTC)