Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is a common condition that affects runners and other athletes. It is caused by inflammation of the iliotibial band, a thick band of tissue that runs from the hip down to the knee. ITBS can cause pain and discomfort in the knee and hip, and can make it difficult to perform physical activities.

What causes ITBS?

ITBS is typically caused by overuse or repetitive stress on the iliotibial band. This can occur in runners, cyclists, and other athletes who perform activities that involve repetitive bending and straightening of the knee. It can also occur in individuals with poor hip or knee alignment, or those who wear worn-out or improperly fitting shoes.

Symptoms and problems associated with ITBS

The most common symptom of ITBS is pain on the outside of the knee, which may also extend up to the hip. Pain is typically worsened by activities that involve bending and straightening the knee, such as running, cycling, and climbing stairs. In some cases, swelling may also be present.

In addition to pain and discomfort, ITBS can cause problems with mobility and range of motion. This can make it difficult to perform physical activities, and may lead to reduced quality of life.

Treatment options for ITBS

There are several treatment options available for ITBS. These include rest and ice, stretching and strengthening exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications. In more severe cases, corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.

Why chiropractic care is a good option for treating ITBS

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment option for ITBS. Chiropractors can help identify the underlying causes of ITBS, such as poor hip or knee alignment, and can develop a treatment plan that addresses these issues.

Chiropractic care can also help reduce pain and inflammation associated with ITBS. Techniques such as soft tissue therapy, ultrasound, and electric stimulation can be used to promote healing and reduce pain.

In addition to these techniques, chiropractors can also provide patients with stretching and strengthening exercises to help improve range of motion and mobility. This can help prevent future flare-ups of ITBS, and may improve overall quality of life.

Finally, chiropractic care is often less expensive than other treatment options, such as surgery or prolonged medication use. This makes it a great option for those looking to manage their ITBS without breaking the bank.


ITBS is a common condition that can cause pain and discomfort in the knee and hip. While there are many treatment options available, chiropractic care is an effective, safe, and non-invasive option that can help reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve overall joint function. If you are suffering from ITBS, consider visiting a chiropractor to explore this alternative treatment option.

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