What is IT Band Syndrome and How Can I Treat It?

IT Band Syndrome

The IT Band (liotibial band) is a ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. IT Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common overuse injuries among athletes. It occurs when the iliotibial band becomes tight or inflamed and pain develops. When the IT band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee becomes painful. This tightness of the IT Band is often a cause of extreme lower back pain and knee pain.


Our chiropractors give a “roll out” suggestion on how to loosen up the tight IT Band muscles and to reduce pain in the lower back and knee.

This can be done by doing the following:

  • First, one needs complete rest
  • Then, once severe pain subsides, perform exercises using a foam roller

To use a foam roller, get on your side on a flat surface and place a foam roller underneath your thigh area. These foam rollers can be found at most sports stores or even at Target. Then, gently roll the foam roller from the pelvis to the knee on the outside of the thigh.


This can be fairly painful so if it is, then you are definitely on the right spot! Visit Club Chiropractic, your affordable Greensboro chiropractor to learn more. 


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