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Iliotibial Band Syndrome - a common cause of knee pain

The iliotibial band is a strong thick, fibrous band that runs along the outside of the leg that spans from the hip to the shin; it lends stability to the knee joint during movement, and is attached to muscles of the thigh.

ITBS is caused when the band becomes shortened and tight causing inflammation and tenderness. A common cause is weak glutes. It is a common running injury among long distance runners.


Sharp burning pain on the outside (lateral) aspect of knee. Pain sets in at about the same distance/time on each run. It can be worse on downhills, on cambered surfaces, walking up or downstairs, or getting up from a seated position.


Complete these basic exercises and stretches.

Keep in mind exercises vary from individual to individual and we recommend you see a Health Professional before commencing rehabilitation.

Call us today on 0203 893 5100 or book your initial assessment session online.



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