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IT Band Syndrome Causes Hip or Knee Pain. When the IT Band along the outside of the leg becomes inflamed, it can cause pain at either at the top (the hip) or the bottom (at the knee). This is called IT band syndrome which may also be called hip bursitis or greater trochanteric bursitis.
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IT band syndrome 1 (ITBS) is not a hot new musical group but rather it’s a medical term. IT band is short for iliotibial band. Try saying “iliotibial band” five times fast and you’ll understand why your chiropractor will refer to it as your IT band.
The IT band is a group of fibers that run from your hip to your knee along the outside of your upper leg. These fibers help the muscles in your thigh provide stability to the outside of the knee joint. If your IT band becomes too tight, it causes inflammation. Inflammation causes pain. You may feel this pain at the top of the IT band (at your hip) or at the bottom (near your knee). You can tell where the fibers are inflamed by the location of your pain.
Causes of IT Band Syndrome
One of the most common causes of IT band syndrome is a sudden increase in your activity level. If you’re on your feet at work all day and begin working longer hours, you might be feeling the effects of IT band syndrome. If you’re a runner who has increased your distance, duration or speed, hip or knee pain could be signaling IT band syndrome. Even golfers can experience IT band syndrome. If you’re a golfer who is experiencing knee pain in the leading leg, it could be IT band syndrome.
IT Band Syndrome Causes Hip or Knee Pain
ITBS is not limited to athletes. Anyone can experience ITBS. If you’re having hip pain and/or knee pain on the outside of your knee, mechanical problems in your gait could cause IT band syndrome.
Since the IT band runs along the outside of your upper leg, ITBS can present itself in a variety of ways.
- Pain on the outside of your knee when you’re walking or running.
- A clicking sensation where the band rubs against the knee
- Your hip or knee feels hot and red.
- The outside of your knee or hip may be tender to the touch.
- You feel a rubbing feeling on the side of your knee.
- You feel pain/tenderness in your buttocks.
IT band syndrome pain usually continues hurting even after you stop the activity.
IT band syndrome responds well with gentle chiropractic treatment. Treatment can take up to six weeks. You may need to avoid activities like running, cycling, golfing or taking long flights of stairs.
If you live in or near Stuart, Florida and need treatment for IT band syndrome, call 855-509-5400 to schedule an appointment.