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.

A painful condition in which connective tissue rubs against the thighbone.

  • ITBS
  • iliotibial band friction syndrome

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

Common

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Cases per year

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

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