Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is a common condition in athletes, especially runners and cyclists, and occurs when the IT band becomes irritated, inflamed and tight. The IT band (also called the iliotibial band or iliotibilal tract) is a thick, fibrous tendon that runs along the outside of each leg. These bands run from the iliac (crest of the pelvis), over the greater trochanter at the side of the hip, down the leg, and inserts on the outside of the knee at the top of the tibia (tibial tubercle). Each ITB works with the thigh muscles during flexion and extension of the knee to slow you down when running and helps provide stability to the knee joints.
Excessive rubbing of the IT band over the tibial tubercle (bony prominence at the outside of the knee) is a common cause of the irritation that leads to inflammation, tightness and pain. Although the pain from ITBS usuallly occurs at the outside of the knee, soreness in the hip may also occur. Pain in the hip is usually caused by the IT band tightening and rubbing over the greater trochanter, the outer hip bone.
The initial pain of ITBS is cause by the tightening, irritation, and inflammation in the IT band. As the IT band starts to heal, scar tissue begins to develop on the iliotibial tract. This scar tissue is tough and inflexible and it stops the muscles attached to the IT band from moving smoothly. This causes further pain at the knee and tightness is usually felt in the hip and down the leg to the knee.
Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Symptoms of ITBS in runners usually begin with pain developing during a run which subsides shortly after the run finishes. Pain continues to appear with every run eventually progressing to more constant pain while walking or going up or down stairs.
- Pain at the lateral (outside) knee and hip
- Swelling over the hip (greater trochanter) and outer knee
- Stiffness running down the side of the thigh
Risks of Iliotibial Band Syndrome
The risk of iliotibial band syndrome can increase with any condition or activity that may cause excessive rubbing of the IT band, such as:
- Increasing training distance or intensity to quickly
- Performing squats while lifting weights
- Poor form when biking (i.e. incorrect cleat position, saddle height or positioning from bars)
- Improper shoe fit when running
- Running on a slanted surface or downhill
- Muscle imbalances (i.e. weak hip abductor, quads more developed than hamstrings)
- Poor foot structure (flat feet, pronation), an awkward gait (i.e. bow-legged, knock knees), or abnormal leg lengths
- Playing court sports with frequent stopping movements (i.e. tennis, handball)
Treating Your IT Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Initial treatment of iliotibial band syndrome should focus on resting your leg and reducing the inflammation to help relieve pain. Do not train through the pain. It may be necessary to stop training for a week or two.
Treating your iliotibial tract with cold compression and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ will reduce the pain and inflammation so you can get back to training sooner. However, once the pain is gone it does not mean you are healed. You must get rid of the scar tissue to correct the problem and BFST® treatments (through use of the Inferno Wrap®)is the best way to do it!
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
When your IT band becomes inflamed and sore during a run, doctors recommend immediate treatment with cold compression therapy. Cold compression therapy is the safe and natural way to control pain and swelling while minimizing tissue damage. Frequent, cold compression treatments within the first 72 hours of the iliotibial tendon becoming inflamed is an effective way to relieve pain and swelling while limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue. In addition, cold compression therapy can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) that can be harmful to your body.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need to treat your IT band in an effective and convenient way. It is so versatile you can also use it to treat any pain you may be experiencing in your back, knee or legs.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs. This gives you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn. The medical-grade wrap delivers cold right where you need it.
Cold compression therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygen and nutrients to your iliotibial tract and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy, cellular break-down and tissue damage continues because the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive.
By limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue, you limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your IT band faster and with less pain!
Once the inflammation in your IT band has been reduced, nourishing and strengthening your knee, hip, leg and surrounding tissue is recommended. Using blood flow stimulation therapy will speed your recovery and heal your iliotibial tract more completely preparing it for strengthening exercises. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find out which exercises are appropriate for your situation.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
Complete your IT band treatments with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy, or BFST®. It is the most natural way to speed healing of your damaged iliotibial tendon and surrounding tissue and BFST® reduces the risk of atrophy (weakening of the muscles) in your upper leg muscles. BFST® enhances your body's own healing process by simply increasing the amount of blood that flows to your hip, outer leg and knee to improve the health of your tissue by delivering an abundance of nutrients to the area.
When you stop moving your hip because it hurts the amount of blood that flows naturally to your acetabular joint is reduced, limiting your body's natural ability to heal itself.
By treating your hip, knee, and IT band with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the IT band and increase your body's natural healing power.
An Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your sore IT band because it speeds healing and relaxes the surrounding muscles. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells to promote healing. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® from MendMeShop® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
In addition, the improved blood flow helps reduce the risk of atrophy in your muscles. When you stop moving your leg and hip due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy in your quadriceps, hamstrings and other leg muscles. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® is an amazing healing tool that can be used to treat your entire body.
By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your hip, IT band, and leg muscles, the risk of atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) is greatly reduced. Keeping your hip and leg tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve strength again once your pain has gone and your IT band has healed.
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