Iliotibial Band Syndrome in Kansas City
IT band syndrome is often seen in runners and cyclers due to the repetitive nature of these sports.
Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is a condition that causes pain on the outside of the knee where this band of fascia attaches to the lower leg. With repetitive activities such as running and cycling, the ITB becomes irritated as it crosses the knee joint. It is an overuse injury with excessive flexion and extension of the knee joint, especially when the hip has poor control. The main control of the knee comes from the hip. The hip muscles are responsible for the movement of the thigh, and when it comes to the knee they are necessary to control the rotation of the thigh at the hip. At the knee, poor control causes the knee cave in which stresses the inside of the knee and compresses the outside of the knee. This altered position also changes how the muscles surrounding the knee work: the lateral quadriceps muscles are overactive, creating a greater pull on the outside of the knee, while the medical quadriceps has difficulty offsetting this pull.
Symptoms of iliotibial band syndrome may include:
- Sharp pain on the outside of the knee
- Dull, achy pain on the outside of the thigh
- Pain with deep squatting motions
- Locking or catching sensations in the knee
- Stiffness or limited range of motion in the knee
- Inability and a feeling of fiving out in the knee
Treatment of Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Treatment for iliotibial band syndrome starts with a thorough evaluation by one of our experienced physical therapists to determine the true cause of your problem and where your specific deficits lie. We will work to develop a comprehensive plan encompassing manual therapy, targeted exercises, and sport specific training to reduce your pain quickly and get you back to activity as soon as possible.
How F.I.T. treats iliotibial band syndrome
The physical therapists at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic emphasize re-educating and correcting movement patterns that often place undue stress on the knee joint. A key area of focus with our patients is building motor control, coordination, and strength through the hip as well as equalizing strength through the quadriceps and the hamstrings. Manual therapy techniques such as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and
active release techniques are effective treatments in improving the tissue quality and flexibility of the tissues surrounding the knee joint to allow better movement. A final area of emphasis is on the foot and ankle joint as the mechanics of the foot can significantly alter the mechanics of the knee. Our therapists will work with you on enhancing full body function, not just improving the symptoms at your knee.
Treatments for iliotibial band syndrome
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