IT Band Syndrome
posted: Oct 01, 2014.
I recently treated a 21 year old woman from Shrewsbury, NJ who came into the office with left sided hip pain. She was a college student and over the years her exercising habits had decreased significantly. She decided to start running again in preparation for a 5K she was planning to run in a few months.
Unfortunately, she decided to train in "overdrive" and began very aggressively and developed a painful sensation along the outside of her left leg extending from the hip to the outside of the knee. I explained to her that she had shocked her muscles because she did not gradually work her way up to her desired pace. As a result, she inflamed the Iliotibial Band (or IT Band), a large tendon which runs the outside of the leg which often times becomes irritated in runners.
I explained to her that fortunately because she was in good shape and young by applying some physiotherapeutic modalities such as electrical stimulation and heat along with the chiropractic adjustments and proper stretching, we could get her back on track (no pun intended!) and in time for her 5K.
She came back into the office a few weeks after completing the 5K that not only did she finish with no pain but finished with a time that exceeded her expectations!