Iliotibial Band Syndrome (Hip)

  • Introduction

  • Conservative Treatment

  • Surgical Treatment

The iliotibial band is a strong fibrous ligament that runs tightly from the hip to the shin on the outside of the thigh. The iliotibial band helps move and stabilize the hip and knee. When this ligament becomes inflamed, it is known as Iliotibial Band Syndrome. Iliotibial Band Syndrome occurs when there is overuse, repetitive flexing and extension as from running.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is a common problem, particularly in running athletes, and most commonly sustained as a result of overuse. As athletes run or do other strenuous activities involving their legs, the iliotibial band can rub up against the bone and become inflamed. Patients typically experience pain and swelling in the knee. To diagnose this condition, an examination is performed and imaging tests, such as an MRI, may be ordered to view the condition of the ligament.


In the majority of cases, the symptoms of Iliotibial band syndrome will resolve with a short period of rest from running and the application of ice and compression to allow the ligament to heal. If pain persists for several weeks, your doctor might recommend physical therapy and/or cortisone injections.

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If conservative measures do not relieve the pain and swelling, surgical treatment may be necessary. The procedure is called ITB release, wherein a portion of the ligament is removed alleviating pain by decreasing the pressure on the patellofemoral joint.

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