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The iliotibial band is made from strong, fibrous connective tissue, connecting at the hip joint and top of the tibia. The iliotibial band stretches along the outside of the leg and knee, assisting in hip extension and supporting the knee joint. Iliotibial band syndrome occurs when this band of tissue causes irritation when sliding over the end of the femur when running, walking or climbing. Our medical team at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA offers iliotibial (IT) band syndrome treatment at our clinic in Los Angeles.

Causes and Symptoms of IT Band Syndrome

The iliotibial band supports both the hip and knee joint, but it can become inflamed with repetitive use. Overuse can result in the IT band becoming tight, causing it to rub against the thighbone or femur. The bursa in the knee and the hip can also become inflamed, causing pain and functional issues. IT band syndrome is most common in runners, cyclists, hikers and other active individuals, but it can occur in those who are overweight or have other risk factors. Symptoms of IT band syndrome include:

  • Swelling on the upper, outside of knee
  • Pain radiating from the outer knee up the thigh
  • Burning or aching sensation on the outer knee
  • Popping sensation on outside of knee when walking or running

In most cases, conservative treatments are effective for relieving the symptoms of IT band syndrome. Rest, ice, revised footwear and anti-inflammatory medications can relieve mild cases of IT band syndrome, but more severe cases may benefit from physical therapy or steroid injections. If IT band syndrome is caused by a physical deformity or another underlying condition, identifying and treating the other condition may be needed for relief.

If you have symptoms of IT band syndrome that are causing knee pain or dysfunction, contact our medical team at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA. We offer innovative iliotibial (IT) band syndrome treatment at our medical center in Beverly Hills.

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