Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Whether you are running, sitting or jumping, the hip bone and the muscles and tissue surrounding it are continuously working together to give people greater flexibility.

When people engage in strenuous activities that revolve around repetitive motions such as long-distance running, people increase their odds of sustaining an injury along the greater trochanter (the area on the side of the hip).

The key areas that surround the upper side of the hip include the trochanteric bursa, the gluteus medius muscle and the iliotibial band. The overuse of these important structures may cause them to become inflamed with the most common symptom being some degree of pain.

Iliotibial Band Release

Iliotibial band release (ITB release) is a procedure commonly performed to treat pain associated with ITB band syndrome. The syndrome results from inflammation or irritation to the iliotibial band, a strong band of tissue that runs alongside the thigh and knee. Athletes and people who are involved in activities that require repetitive knee flexion and extension are more likely to develop this condition. While there are non-surgical treatment options available, patients who have persistent pain after exhausting those options may find pain relief and increased mobility through an ITB release procedure.