Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Student Review of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

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Here’s another Blog by a Co-op Student of a Chiropractor inMississauga

Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome




  • Tight ITB that rubs against the femur
  • Thicker or wider IT band
  • Downhill running/ slower running that may irritate the IT band



  • Lateral knee pain that gradually increases
  • Knee pain related to running
  • Patients may hear squeaking sound with flexion- extension of knee


Muscles, Joints Affected:

  • Epicondyle
  • Vastus Lateralis Muscle
  • Vastus Medialis Muscle
  • Vastus Intermedius Muscle
  • Gluteus Maximus/Gluteus Medius
  • Tensor Fasciae Latae Muscle


Treatment/ Management:

  • Ice/Heat
  • Modification of running/jogging activities
  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Active Release Technique (Soft Tissue Therapy): Gluteals, Hamstrings and Quadriceps


Rehab Exercises


Wall Bangers:

  • Stand about 6 inches from a wall, rotate hip and waist towards the wall, just so your buttocks touches the wall.
  • Repeat 15 times

Heel Squeeze:

  • Lie down on your stomach with your knees bent.
  • Bring your heels together with your toes pointed out.
  • Push your heels together as you squeeze your buttocks for 10 seconds
  • Repeat 5 times


Monster Walks:

  • Tie a thera-band around your ankles.
  • Slightly bend your knees, and side step about 15-20 steps across the room
  • You should feel a contraction in your glutes as you walk sideways across the room



Standing ITB Stretch:

  • While standing straight, cross 1 leg in front of the other and lean toward the wall while keeping      your stationary.
  • Keep your arm straight up on the wall.
  • Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 3-4 times.

Lying ITB Stretch:

  • On your back, cross your injured leg over uninjured side and pull the leg as close  to your      chest as possible.
  • Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3-4 times.



  • After treatment, runners should have relieved symptoms and feel pain



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