Understanding Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Knee Pain

Understanding Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Knee Pain

Following on from our blog post on Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Chris Andreano explains what it is and why it occurs.

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Hi, folks, I’m down here at the clinic at St. Leonards today. And I wanted to introduce you all briefly to a problem that we see very often in the clinic here. And it’s called ITB Friction Syndrome. And it’s a problem associated with overload and irritation of the iliotibial band, this piece of connective tissue that runs down the side of the thigh. And it connects a number of muscles through the hip. It sort of connects those muscles down to the knee and they all contribute via this tissue in a stability and a control sense.

Now, it very, very commonly gets overloaded in trainers and runners and particularly because they’re doing too much. They’ve sort of chosen to progress their training too quickly without the appropriate progressions. And this tissue gets quite irritated. The other thing that can contribute to this problem is deficits in strength and mobility and flexibility in other parts of the body, not only at the knee. But, in particular at the ankle, below the knee, and at the hip above the knee, and even deficits and control around the spine as well.

So, when we put those two things together, overtraining and some deficits, that’s what can really lead this problem to developing. I think it’s good for you all to know the basics about how these problems develop. And then, you know, that might give you some guidance about how to get it right. Okay, now, the next video you’ll see will be a couple of simple tips to try and address this problem at home. And then we can go from there. Thanks for watching, guys.

Chris Andreano
Chris Andreano
chris@stleonardsphysio.com.au

M.Physio (Physio) B.Sc (Exercise Sc) G.Dip.Sc (Exercise Rehab)