Ilio-Tibial Band Friction Syndrome

Also known as ITBFS syndrome, a very common condition in athletes, such as runners and cyclists. The Ilio-Tibial band is a tough fibrous band that extends on the outside of the hip all the way down to the outside of the shinbone (Tibia). The main function of this band is to provide stability to the knee joint during ambulation. Friction of this band between the shin bone and thigh bone can be caused due to following factors: overuse of the muscles, weak and tight gluteal or quadriceps muscles, obesity, bowed- legged and excessive supination whereby the body is constantly on the outer edge of the foot causing the leg bone to rotate outwards. Pain is the main symptom on the outside of the knee.