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Iliotibial Band Syndrome (cont.)


As with any overuse injury, once the first episode is resolved, it is important for the patient to assess why the iliotibial band became inflamed in the first place. Recommendations from the physical therapist regarding training techniques, footwear options, the need for orthotics, and proper stretching will be helpful in preventing the recurrence of symptoms.

Ideally, the goal for the patient will be to return to the level of activity enjoyed prior to the injury.


The most common cause of iliotibial band syndrome is running. Prevention opportunities include the use of proper footwear, adequate stretching after running, and being aware of training mistakes, especially running the same direction on a track or on the same side of the road.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2014

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