Iliotibial band syndrome occurs when the connective tissue (ligament) extending from the pelvic bone to the shinbone becomes so tight that it rubs against the thighbone. Distance runners are especially susceptible to it.
The main symptom is pain between the hip and knees that worsens with activity.
Treatments such as physical therapy and sometimes corticosteroid injections may help. In rare cases, surgery may be needed.
- iliotibial band friction syndrome
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 200,000 US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging not required
Medium-term: resolves within months