Pain on the outside of your knee?
Are you a runner making the most of the fine weather recently? Noticing pain on the outside of the knee? We have seen an increase in runners presenting to the clinic with this complaint. One of the causes of this can be iliotibial band syndrome.
The Iliotibial (IT) band is commonly injured in such sport like running and cycling where there is repeated motion in bending and straightening the knee. In fact, it is the one of the most common complaints among runners. Pain develops on the outside of the knee and along the outside of the leg. It is often felt initially when running and can progress to pain being felt in daily activities such as walking and stairs climbing.
The Iliotibial band is made up of connective tissue. This type of tissue is made up of strong material to provide support to the outside of the leg as you run, walk and cycle. It also provides an attachment point for two muscles at the hip, the TFL and the gluteus maximus.
If this is something you have been struggling with come and book in with one of our chartered physiotherapists. We will go through a comprehensive assessment of all the factors above and come up with a plan that is tailored to you.
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- Aderem, J. and Louw, Q.A., 2015. Biomechanical risk factors associated with iliotibial band syndrome in runners: a systematic review. BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 16(1), p.356.
- Falvey, E.C., Clark, R.A., Franklyn‐Miller, A., Bryant, A.L., Briggs, C. and McCrory, P.R., 2010. Iliotibial band syndrome: an examination of the evidence behind a number of treatment options. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports, 20(4), pp.580-587.