06 Jan Runner or cyclist?You may have experienced Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
The iliotibial band is a long, thick, fibrous structure that runs down the outer thigh. It starts around the hip and attaches into the outer knee.
When there is an imbalance of the gluteal muscles and tight anterior hip muscles (in particular the tensor fascia latae) this can cause a pulling force on the iliotibial band.
This can cause outer hip pain and knee pain and is quite common in runners and cyclists.
Fortunately, in most cases this issue can be managed well with physiotherapy intervention.
By looking at the biomechanics of the hip and lower leg, a physiotherapist can provide a programme to restore muscle balance, while treating the painful symptoms at the same time, allowing you to get back to your sport without pain!