Iliotibial Band Syndrome (cont.)
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Aside from pain control with antiinflammatory medications, treatment alternatives tend to be recommended in a stepwise approach.
Physical therapy may be a viable treatment option for many patients with iliotibial band syndrome. The therapist may wish to assess running technique and style to look for an underlying biomechanical cause of iliotibial band inflammation. This may include gait analysis as well as flexibility and muscle strength assessment.
If rest, ice, and physical therapy fail to resolve the inflammation, the health-care provider may consider a corticosteroid injection into the inflamed area.
Finally, if all else fails, surgical options do exist. An orthopedic surgeon, using an arthroscope, may be able to break down the scarring surrounding the iliotibial band. If needed, the band can also be lengthened to decrease the stretch and subsequent potential for irritation and inflammation as it crosses the femoral condyle.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2014
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