Innate Chiropractic Health,LLC
Runners, cyclists, hikers and weight-lifters (especially squatters) are prone to lateral
(outside) knee pain as a result of poor biomechanics, muscular and skeletal imbalances
or overuse of the iliotibial (IT) band during their chosen activities. This thick layer of
fascial tissue runs along the outside of thigh, from the hip to the knee, and commonly
causes issues at the knee joint, but pain can be felt along the entire length of the band.
The iliotibial band is responsible for stabilizing the knee during many of the body's
physical activities, and typically presents as knee pain when it is not capable of sliding
along the local musculature in its usual manner.
Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) appears to be most common in runners, especially
when the running pattern is unbalanced and repetitive. This is found in runners that
travel the same paths frequently or run in the same direction (especially on a track).
ITBS can also present in people with imblananced pelvises, leg length discrepancies,
excessive foot pronation patterns, bowed legs or overactive/underactive pelvic
musculature (including the gluteus muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps).
Adjustments to the lower extremity and/or low back may be utilized in conjunction with soft tissue treatments such as Active Release Technique®, Kinesiotaping, Graston or guasha. Acupuncture, ultrasound or electric stimulation may also be advised as it is often successful in decreasing inflammation/edema, as well as significantly improving pain levels.
The doctors at Innate are trained and experienced at iliotibial band syndrome relief treatments naturally, without drugs or surgery. After examination they select from a variety of treatments for iliotibial band syndrome which are best suited to treat your condition. These may include Chiropractic, Acupuncture or Active Release Technique®.