Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome

 Lateral Knee Pain

 Image via PhysioU

Image via PhysioU

Is your patient presenting with lateral knee pain potentially related to a recent increase in frequency of sport or physical activity? If lower extremity biomechanics are subpar, the iliotibial (IT) band may be the source of tissue irritation!

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Anatomy

  Image via Complete Anatomy by 3D4 Medical

Image via Complete Anatomy by 3D4 Medical

Special Tests

 The  Ober’s test  is commonly used to assess the length or stiffness of the IT band! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

The Ober’s test is commonly used to assess the length or stiffness of the IT band! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Treatment

 If pathological tension is present in the tensor fascia latae (TFL) or in the IT band,  soft tissue mobilization via foam roll  can be beneficial! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

If pathological tension is present in the tensor fascia latae (TFL) or in the IT band, soft tissue mobilization via foam roll can be beneficial! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Therapeutic Exercise

  Rehabilitation programs  should address both tissue source and the underlying mechanisms causing tissue pathology. In the case of IT band syndrome, a common mechanism seen is a femoral adduction/internal rotation movement fault. Assess and treat up and down the chain!   (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Rehabilitation programs should address both tissue source and the underlying mechanisms causing tissue pathology. In the case of IT band syndrome, a common mechanism seen is a femoral adduction/internal rotation movement fault. Assess and treat up and down the chain!

 (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)