IT Band Syndrome
If a person is experiencing a nagging pain on the outer part of their knee, particularly if they are a runner, it could be a symptom of the iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome.
This type of injury frequently occurs due to engaging in activities that involve bending the knee in a repeated manner such as hiking, running, long walks, and hiking.
The IT band is a dense collection of fibers that go from the outside of the hips to the outside of the thigh and knee moving down to the upper part of the shinbone. If the IT band becomes too taut, it can cause inflammation and pain around the knee.
IT band syndrome typically resolves with time and proper treatment. In general, the patient will not need orthopedic surgery to address this syndrome.
Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by the accomplished board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides treatment for the hip and knee to patients in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other neighborhoods and suburbs in this part of The Golden State.
The primary symptom of this condition is pain on the knee’s outer side right above the joint. The pain may subside early on as the patient warms up to exercise. However, they may notice that the pain becomes worse over time as they exercise.
Other symptoms of the IT band syndrome are as follows:
- Burning, aching, or tenderness on the knee’s outer side
- Experiencing a pop, snap, or click on the outside of the knee
- Feeling pain up and down the leg
- Redness and warmth on the knee’s outer side
If the patient experiences these symptoms, particularly if the symptoms worsen, they should consult a doctor.
The doctor can usually diagnose IT band syndrome on the basis of the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and a physical examination. However, it is not the only reason behind outer knee pain. Therefore, the patient may require an x-ray to eliminate other causes.
When the patient carefully follows the doctor’s instructions and allows themselves the rest they require, they can typically recover from IT band syndrome in around six weeks.
The patient can undertake certain basic steps to ease the pain and inflammation:
- Do not undertake activities that initiate the pain.
- Take over the counter pain relieving medications.
- Wrap an ice-pack in a towel, and place this on the outside part of the knee for ten to 15 minutes at a time.
A physical therapist can undertake the following:
- Provide the patient suggestions on warming up and cooling down before and after exercising
- Help identify footwear as well as shoe inserts, if necessary
- Show the patient exercises to help stretch and strengthen the IT band and leg muscles
- Speak to the patient regarding making adjustments to the training schedule
- Teach the patient how to improve their form to cause less strain on the body
- Use ice therapy, friction massage or ultrasound to help ease the pain and inflammation
Judicious orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan receives patients from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for various orthopedic surgery procedures.
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