It’s not your IT BAND that’s the problem…
If you have ever been told that “it’s your IT band” that’s the problem..you might want to get a second look by a different physical therapist (I can refer you to some amazing ones I know here in Cbus!)
Here’s the facts about the IT Band
- a sheath of connective tissue that covers the lateral aspect of the thigh
- Protects muscle such as quads and hamstrings
- Can store energy and release it for use during running
- Pain areas and irritation along sheath is commonly diagnosed as ITBS IT band syndrome
The IT band is essentially a sheath. It doesn’t have contractile properties like muscles, or tendons therefore most cases it is not the cause of your knee pain.
The IT band ends up looking like that bad guy for the problem because that is where the pain sits, and stays.
Let’s stop blaming the IT band and find the real culprit which could be numerous things:
1️⃣Improper mechanics during running, cycling, etc
2️⃣continuous improper movements
3️⃣Lack of Hip stability
6️⃣Lack of recovery between training session
Please don’t pop NSAIDs, and start “stretching” your IT band. 😳
That’s not the solution, that’s like putting on a band-aide. The real problem is not addressed.
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