Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It occurs when the Iliotibial band, the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, is tight or inflamed. When the IT band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee becomes painful.
Symptoms of ITBS
The most notable symptom is typically swelling and pain on the outside of the knee, often runners mistakenly thinks they have a knee injury. The best way to tell if you have ITBS is to bend your knee at a 45-degree angle.
- Rest -that means no running at all. Gradually build up the mileage. Cross-training like swimming is fine as it does not aggravate ITB.
- Foam –Roller – has the same effects as deep-tissue massage thus improving soft tissue extensibility.
- Strengthening exercises-runners who suffer from ITBS usually have weak hips and glutes. It is vital they do strengthening exercise.
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