If you’re an active person who enjoys running or other sports, and you’re facing chronic pain on the external side of the knee, you may be dealing with iliotibial band syndrome (sometimes called Runner’s Knee). This condition requires a medical grade IT Band Treatment to alleviate and prevent pain.
The knee joint is a complex of muscles, tendons and cartilage that must all work in unison to support and move the leg properly. Overuse injuries (such as patellar tendinitis or bursitis of the knee), as well as the effects of aging (like arthritis, gout, and deterioration of the cartilage) can all play a part in bringing on chronic knee pain, but the most common cause is the strain and impact caused by running.
The individuals most prone to develop iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) are athletes. Most prone are those involved in sports that require a lot of running, like soccer or track and field events. Hence, the condition’s common name, Runner’s Knee.
While many of the causes and risk factors involved in iliotibial band syndrome are similar to the equally common patellofemoral pain syndrome, and while both conditions are commonly referred to as “runner’s knee” there is a marked difference between the two.
Specifically, patellofemoral pain syndrome results in progressive pain that forms in the front of the knee, behind and surrounding the patella (knee cap). Iliotibial band syndrome, on the other hand, results in pain along the outer side of the knee at the point where the iliotibial band connects to the end of the tibia (shin bone) and the patella.
But you don’t have to be an athlete to deal with this common cause of chronic knee pain.