Iliotibial Band Syndrome (cont.)
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
- The therapist may be able to recommend proper shoes or an orthotic shoe
insert to help correct any imbalances or abnormalities.
- The therapist may
teach specific stretches to loosen tight structures.
- In treating the acute
injury, phonopheresis (a technique in which ultrasound is used to propel
antiinflammatory or corticosteroid medications through the skin into the
inflamed tissue) or iontopheresis (an electric charge is used instead of
ultrasound to deliver the medications through the skin) may be considered.
If rest, ice, and physical therapy fail to resolve the inflammation, the
health-care provider may consider a corticosteroid injection into the inflamed
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.
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