What You Need To Know About IT Band Syndrome

IT Band Syndrome | female runner holding injured leg

Many running injuries primarily plague novice runners, but IT Band Syndrome has sidelined even the most experienced, long-term runners and is one of the most common overuse injuries. If you want to learn about the function of the IT band, the common causes and symptoms, and prevention techniques for IT Band Syndrome, read on!

What Is the IT Band?

The IT Band is a thick band of fascia (connective tissue) that runs the length of your outer leg. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT band becomes stiff or inflamed, runners experience knee pain that prevents them from training – this injury is referred to as Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS).

Causes and Symptoms

IT Band Syndrome can result from any activity that causes the leg to turn inward repeatedly including the following:

  • Wearing worn out shoes
  • Running downhill
  • Too many track workouts
  • Running too many miles

Plenty of runners confuse IT Band Syndrome for a knee injury because a common symptom is a stinging sensation just above the knee joint. Another sign you have IT Band Syndrome is swelling of the tissue along the outside of the knee, this is the area where the IT band moves over the femur.

If you’re experiencing pain during or after your run, but are not sure about what is causing it, contact Cadence Chiropractic, Sport & Health today. If not treated, IT Band Syndrome can derail training for several months.


To prevent ITB Syndrome and keep your running program on track, implement the following prevention tips into your program:

  • If you run on a track, be sure to switch directions often.
  • Make sure your shoes properly support your feet and are not worn out.
  • Avoid running exclusively on concrete surfaces.

As diligent as you may be about injury prevention, IT Band Syndrome can occur. Contact us today for further information and treatment options.

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