What is IT Band Syndrome and What Are the Treatment Options?

Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses IT band syndrome and common treatment options.

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Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses IT band syndrome and common treatment options.
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Featuring Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician Video Title: What is IT Band Syndrome and What Are the Treatment Options? Duration: 1 minute, 4 seconds

The IT band or iliotibial band is a part of the quadriceps muscle group. It's on the side of the thigh so it starts at the hip and it attaches down at the outside half of the knee.

It's an area where there's a lot of friction that occurs because that band can be quite tight as it runs over the knee to the point where it attaches.

The most common group of people that experience IT band injuries would be runners, but we also see these kinds of injuries in people who cycle or do other sports where there's repetitive bending of the knee.

Typically the treatment for IT band syndrome would include stretching as well as strengthening of the muscles around the knee, around the hip. It might also involve things like looking at the gate, shoes, orthotics, foot structure, these sorts of things because all those things can have an effect on the alignment of the leg which then can lead to excessive forces being applied at that point in the knee.

If you think you have IT band syndrome or you have other questions, there are a number of different treatment options available to you.

Video shot in conjunction with http://www.aesmphysiotherapytoronto.ca/

Presenter: Dr. Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Sports Medicine Physician

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.