ITBS (Iliotibial Band Syndrome)

ITBS (Iliotibial Band Syndrome)

ITBS (Iliotibial Band Syndrome)


ITBS is a common knee injury that usually present with pain and tenderness on palpitation of the outer side of the knee. Superior to the joint line and inferior to the lateral femoral epicondyle.

This friction can cause inflammation and pain.

ITBS is a common cause of knee pain, especially in athletes for sports involving repeated knee flexion and extension, such as cyclists and runners. Other causes also be also be tight IT bands, weak hip abductors, or alignment problems in the knee.


The diagnosis or assessment of ITBS at Aspire Physiotherapy -

At Aspire physiotherapy, our therapists diagnose the case usually based on the patient's history and physical examination. They look for tenderness and swelling on the outside of the knee.

Treatment of ITBS at Aspire Physiotherapy-

Very first we do the pain management of that particular effected area by using different advance modalities.

 Stretching-Stretching the ITB can help to reduce pain and inflammation. The therapist will teach you how to do this safely and effectively.

Strengthening exercises-Strengthening the hip abductors can help to stabilize the knee and prevent the ITB from rubbing against the lateral femoral condyle. The therapist will teach you exercises to do this.

  • MFR - (Mayo fascia release):Therapy can help to minimize the pain and inflammation. The therapist perform this manually or by using different effective techniques such as cupping, IASTM tool, Physio gun, and foam roller on the ITB and the surrounding tissues.
  • Iontophoresis therapy : Iontophoresis therapy is a technique that uses electrical current to deliver medication to the affected area. This can be used to deliver anti-inflammatory medication to the ITB.
  • Electro therapy : Electrotherapy is a broad term that refers to the use of electrical current to treat medical conditions. It is a type of physical therapy that uses electrical impulses to stimulate muscles and nerves.
  • Ultrasound therapy: Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to heat the tissues. This can help to reduce pain and inflammation.

The prognosis for ITBS is usually good. With proper treatment, most people are able to return to their activities without any problems.

In some cases, ITBS may require surgery. This is usually only necessary if the pain is severe and does not respond to other treatment.

If you are experiencing pain on the outside of your knee, it is important to see a doctor or physical therapist to get a diagnosis and treatment. Early intervention is important to prevent the condition from getting worse.


By Mrs. Sneha Mathur (Sports Fitness and Yoga Expert)