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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS)?

ITBS is an overuse injury most often seen in long distance runners and cyclists. The iliotibial (IT) band is a long band of connective tissue. It runs along the outside of your thigh and connects your hip and knee joints. The IT band helps keep your knee stable while you stand, move, or exercise. The IT band becomes irritated and inflamed from repeated movement. This causes knee pain.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What increases my risk for ITBS?

What are the signs and symptoms of ITBS?

How is ITBS diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your pain. Tell him or her about your exercise routine. Any of the following may be used to diagnose ITBS:

How is ITBS treated?

What can I do to manage my symptoms?

How can I help prevent ITBS?

When should I call my doctor?

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