Ask Dr. Blessyl
Do you ever get a dull pain on the outside of your knee after running for approximately two kilometers? Chances are you may have I-T Band Syndrome.
The Iliotibial band is a connective tissue that attaches from your illiac crest to your knee. When this band becomes tight it tugs on the knee causing pain.
The cause of IT-Band syndrome is multifactorial. Here are some of the potential causative factors:
- A sudden increase in running distance
- Running with old running shoes or shoes without the proper support
- Starting hill training
- Feet that over-pronate (roll-in) or over supinate (roll out)
- Weak core musculature most especially gluteus medius
- Ice the area that feels painful.
- Stretch the IT-Band after your run or workout
- Strengthen your core musculature
- If the pain is too intense while running. Remove running from your training schedule until you heal.
- See your health care provider to treat your symptoms.