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What is it?

Iliotibial Band Syndrome, also referred to as IT Band Syndrome, is pain on the outside of the knee that gradually progresses. It is much more common in runners and pain typically increases with knee flexion between 30-40 degrees.

What causes it?

It is believed that a tight IT band rubs against a bony landmark. Downhill running and running on unbalanced surfaces seems to be an aggravating factor. This appears to be due to higher knee forces and repetitive nature of running. Management includes stretching the IT Band, soft tissue work such as Graston, reducing activity, icing, and rehab to correct improper biomechanics.