The knee joint requires extensive support to bend and twist, including various ligaments, tendons and the iliotibial band. The iliotibial (IT) band is a long piece of connective tissue, or fascia, that runs along the outside of your leg from the hip to the knee and shinbone. Certain knee injuries and activities cause irritation and inflammation of the IT band, resulting in a condition called IT band syndrome. Our pain specialists at CLEAR Wellness Group offer IT band syndrome treatment for patients at our clinic in Chicago.

Causes and Symptoms of IT Band Syndrome

The iliotibial band offers support for the upper leg, knee and upper shin. It also helps support the kneecap and keep the leg aligned while walking, running and jumping. IT band syndrome can occur when repetitive running, jogging or other leg movement cause the IT band to become irritated or create friction against other tissues. Wearing inadequate foot support or running on uneven surfaces may contribute to IT band syndrome. While the exact cause of IT band syndrome is not known, the symptoms can include:

IT band syndrome is also called runner’s knee due to its prevalence among runners. Mild cases can be relieved with rest, ice and NSAIDs, but more severe cases may need medical treatment from a professional for pain relief and recovery. Our pain physicians at CLEAR Wellness Group offer interventional pain treatments that can relieve inflammation and pain to help with recovery.

If you have symptoms of IT band syndrome and want to explore treatment options for relief, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago.