Iliotibial Band Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (or ITBS) is also sometimes referred to as “Runner’s Knee” as running for long periods of time is the most common cause. The IT band is a fibrous ligament, extending from the pelvis to the lower leg on the outside of the leg. When this ligament becomes tight, it shortens and can begin to rub against the lower portion of the femur, or thigh bone. This friction often leads to inflammation and irritation, with resulting aches and pain.

Close up portrait of a runner suffering from leg crampCommon symptoms of ITBS include: pain during flexion or extension of the knee (walking/running); pain on the outside of the knee with gradual onset; trigger points along the outside of the leg and into the glute; and pain that worsens when running or walking downhill. Weak muscles such as hip abductors or gluteus medius can also put strain on the IT band.

Chiropractic treatment utilizes specific adjustments to correct underlying biomechanical issues as well as remove pressure on nerves. The restoration of nerve flow is necessary in the healing process of any tissue. The quadriceps, IT band, and hamstring usually respond quickly with ART® treatment which is effective in removing built-up scar tissue that interferes with proper muscle function. The hip flexors and pelvic stabilizers (deeper, postural muscles) also contribute to ITBS and may be treated as well, even if they are not symptomatic.

Corrective exercises and stretching are all part of the process that will determine the success of ART® treatments and prevention of future injuries.