Iliotibial Band Syndrome
‘There is no such thing as an incurable disease.’
One can assume that feeling ‘dis-ease’ in any part of the body can be a sign of a prevailing injury intensifying or a new ‘disease’ taking birth instead. To live a healthy life one must thus certainly be free from diseases.
But syndromes, diseases and disorders are undeniable yet they are too weak to win against your body. In reality medicines, treatments are just an aid, the true healer lies within us.
Similarly when we talk about pain, which is not a disease itself but can be an invitation to them. One must find a cure to the ultimate cause and first indication of many problems ‘the pain’ also instead of enduring it for long term.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the Iliotibial Band Syndrome which is a very painful condition and generally neglected by people experiencing it at first. We certainly hope this article gives you a better understanding of this syndrome.
WHAT IS ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME?
Are you suffering from a persistent pain on the side of the knee that is stubborn enough to drive you insane? Well, don’t ignore it, Iliotibial syndrome might be crawling up your leg, gradually decimating the strength in your knee.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome also called IT band syndrome is a health issue where you experience nagging pain in your outer knee, particularly when running, exercising, stretching, or walking down a hill or a flight of stairs.
Distance runners, cyclists, hikers, and lazy dormant people following knee surgery are all susceptible to this vexing pain syndrome.
IT band is a thick band of tissues that runs from the outside of the hips to the outside of the thigh and knee, and down to the top of the shinbone.
IS ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME CURABLE?
Yes, IT band syndrome is curable and can take about 4-8 weeks to heal. Consistency, zeal, and dedication can heal any disease.
WHAT CAUSES ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME ?
ITBS is caused by the friction from the IT band being extremely tight and rubbing against the bone. It is an injury caused due to repetitive movements.
When you try to stretch or move your knee in different directions; friction is caused leading to irritation and pain around the knee.
Further, the causes are listed as below~
- Over-exercising of knee
- Walking miles of distance
- Sitting for long with bent knees
- Using incorrect training techniques
- Walking or running on wrong surfaces
- Running in worn-out sneakers/shoes can cause IT band syndrome.
SYMPTOMS OF ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME
Pain is the most noticeable symptom that outweighs all others. Stubborn, repetitive pain on the outer knee is the very first indication which is enough to alert anyone to the onset of the syndrome. Other symptoms include:
- Pain all over your leg
- Slight heating up of your knee while exercising
- Redness around your knee
- Burning pain or tenderness on the outer knee
- Tenderness in the buttocks
- Clicking or pop sensation around the knee where the bone rubs with each other.
Few symptoms might feel like an ordinary cramp and if they are ignored things can deteriorate, eventually leading to major ITBS. It is highly recommended to visit a doctor if you feel any of these symptoms happening with you for a long duration.
The pain you feel when you have Iliotibial band syndrome doesn’t necessarily happen in the outer knee, it can slowly creep up to your thighs. You can also feel the area between your hips and knees be under a stabbing, stinging pain.
Well, the nagging pain is so consistent, which should make you want to keep your treatments and medications even more consistent and regular, to put an end to the trauma.
TREATMENTS FOR ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME
Being an ambitious runner, hiker, or a person who wants to live without pain, would you not want your suffering to end? Well, your answer would be affirmative, isn’t it?
Although it is always recommended that you follow your doctor blindfolded, some common general treatments can also help relieve the pain:
- Because repetitive movements can cause nagging pain, it is commonly recommended to limit activities such as cycling, running, or any other activity that involves repetitive movements.
- Icing the outside of the knee adds a layer of coolness and comfort.
- Taking pain relievers can be a temporary solution, not suitable for all.
- Hiring a therapist or practising some therapy can help to a great extent.
- Special exercises like stretching, strengthening hip muscles, forward leg variation, wide-legged standing forward bend, and low lunges can be of great help.
- Getting corticosteroid shots can help in the reduction of inflammation.
- Persistent pain for a long time in rare cases invites surgery. Surgical treatment should be considered only after your doctor’s advice.
Well, more than efficiency the working of the medications and treatments depend on your consistency and regularity. Being lazy and undergoing the treatment irregularly can give you forever pain in your knee.
Lastly, we advise you to not take things lightly and be cautious of the symptoms to live a healthy and pain-free life.