I am a runner and would like to know more about ITB syndrome and what sort of
pain it can cause a person. Also would like to know what I can do about it to
take care of it once and for all. Running or not, it doesn't seem to want to go
away and I've been wrestling with it for over 6 months now. Mainly I have pain
in my outer left hip that really hurts when I try the typical stretches for ITB
Any help would be appreciated.
ITB pain can manifest as hip pain, or pain in the lateral thigh. Also, pain in
the knee can be due to ITB tightness.
Women seemto be more suscepable than men, in part, due to wider hips, and a
greater Q angle - the angle that the knee occupies. The ITB (Ilio Tibial Band)
follows a path from originating at the hip muscles Tensor Fascia Lata and
Gluteus Maximus laterally down the outside of the thigh over the greater
trochanter, and on down across the knee, passing over the lateral epicondyle of
the femur. Due to the wider hips and larger Q angle, the ITB is often shortened
over time, making it more likely to develop painful symptoms.
Actually, improving the allignment of the leg is critical to success - that
means orthotics. Then, you have to develop you butt muscles (gluteaus maximus
especially) and your ITB underload once you have improved your allignment in
order to get it to settle doen.
The ITB is the one tissue I spend my time massaging. It is so thick, that a
technique we call myofascial release is actually very helpful in curing the
problem once you have taken care of the other issues.
Finally, as you work on the tissue, drink lots of water. It is a connective
tissue, and as such, needs to be properly hydrated as you work out your