Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome or IT Band Syndrome is a common overuse injury that affects runners, hikers, cyclists, and other athletes. Characterized by pain and inflammation on the outside of the knee, the musculoskeletal condition is caused due to the inflammation of a ligament (Iliotibial band) that runs along the thigh from the pelvis to the knee joint.

Depending on the extent of injury and the severity of pain, an athlete with IT Band Syndrome may be unable to run for weeks, or even longer. While medicines can help relieve pain and inflammation, they do not facilitate the recovery; therefore, at HealthFirst Spine & Wellness, we use chiropractic care for IT band syndrome in combination with rehabilitation exercises and other therapies to help athletes regain their mobility and strength and improve their athletic performance.

What Causes IT Band Syndrome?

IT Band Syndrome can result from any activity that involves repeated inward movement of the leg. For example, running downhill, cycling, wearing worn-out shoes, etc. This causes inflammation of Iliotibial Band and produces the following symptoms:

  • Lateral knee pain that worsens after running
  • Pain that diminishes once the activity stops
  • Hip pain
  • Hip bursitis

Chiropractic Care for IT Band Syndrome

IT Band Syndrome is a musculoskeletal condition that responds well to chiropractic care, but prompt and accurate diagnosis of the condition is important in order to provide optimum pain relief to the patient and restore their mobility. Therefore, at HealthFirst Spine & Wellness, we use advanced diagnostic tools, such as digital X-rays, digital posture analysis, and functional movement video analysis to determine the extent of injury and use one or more of the following methods to treat the condition.

  • Rehabilitative Exercises — We recommend stretching and strengthening exercises to help reduce the fracture on the Iliotibial band and relieve stress off the adjacent muscles and the joint.
  • Massage and Myofascial Release — Myofascial Release Technique breaks up the scar tissue and improves blood flow to the injured tissues, while massage therapy helps relax and loosen the muscles and relieves pain and inflammation.

To learn more about the effectiveness of chiropractic care for IT Band Syndrome or to schedule a chiropractic consultation in Austin, you may call us at 512 301 5996.