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Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome: A Common Source of Knee and Hip Pain by Physio Zakieah Zakaria

What is Iliotibial Band (ITB):

- ITB is a thick fibrous band of tissues that runs along the outside of the thigh. It starts from the top of the hip and ends on the outside of the knee.

What causes ITB syndrome?

- Repetitive movement that includes bending and straightening of the knee

- Weak inner thigh muscles

- Improper foot wear during exercise

How to know whether you have ITB syndrome or not?

- Tenderness when you give pressure at the outside the knee (usually around 2cm above knee joint)

- Pain become worse if you stand and knee bend around 30 degree

This is only a general guide to test whether you might have ITB syndrome. Our therapist usually carry out a series of orthopedic tests to rule out other conditions to ensure a more accurate diagnosis.

What is the treatment for someone having ITB syndrome?

Our patient usually have great relief from our treatment combining chiropractic adjustment and physiotherapy.

Pain management includes:

1. Icepack

2. Deep tissue massage

3. Stretching

4. Ultrasound therapy

Once the pain level drops we move on to strengthening and stabilizing the hip and knee. Treatment will then focus on:

1. Hip, knee and ankle strengthening

2. Full body balance and coordination training

Still unsure whether or not we can help? Give us a call today and find out more :)

03 5879 7954 / 017 982 8635

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