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Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome: Definition, Risk Factors, Symptoms & Treatment

What is Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome?

Iliotibial band syndrome is the condition in which the IT band develops scar tissue due to over use.  The IT band runs from the outer portion of the thigh to the tibia or lower leg bone.  Repetitive use causes increased friction and swelling that prevents the band to glide properly over the bursa. Iliotibial band syndrome can build scar tissue restricting the range of motion. Iliotibial band syndrome can be caused by poor physical condition, bowed legs, improper warm up before exercise, or change in increased activity levels.  

Iliotibial Band Syndrome Risk Factors

  1. Poor training habits 
  2. Poor flexibility 
  3. Mechanical imbalances usually in the low back, pelvis, hips, knees

Iliotibial (IT) Band Symptoms 

  1. Running on uneven surfaces 
  2. Running too many hills 
  3. Excessive bicycling 
  4. Activities with increased knee flexion, such as squats 

Iliotibial Band Treatment

ASTR treats iliotibial band syndrome in a gentle, effective, and natural way by addressing muscle imbalances, scar tissue, trigger points,  Fascia restrictions, inflammation, posture, body mechanics which are often the source of the pain. ASTR takes a holistic approach to address the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms. ASTR treatment can be done at home for Iliotibial band syndrome.

Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome Home Treatment

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