Chiropractic For IT Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is an injury that causes inflammation of the “IT” band – the flexible fascia that runs down the outside of your thigh. When this band becomes tight, it can rub repeatedly against the surrounding tissue causing friction that ultimately results in pain outside of the knee.
The tightness of the IT band can happen for many reasons but the biggest reason is usually overuse, specifically from repetitive knee flexion and extension movements. Many people will first notice pain during exercise; as the injury progresses, this pain may even begin to extend into the period after exercise. Although this type of injury rarely requires surgery, it can eventually create enough discomfort to keep you from enjoying certain activities, such as running or cycling.
How Chiropractic Can Help
As with other injuries, the location of the pain does not always indicate where the issue is stemming from. For example, most people experience ITBS pain in the knee; however, the issue could be originating up in the pelvic area. This is where chiropractic comes in! Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to evaluate the condition of the body, find misalignments, and then correct them through adjustments.
These manual adjustments help to fix any subluxations that are found to be the root cause of the injury. This means that not only will the patient experience pain relief but the body will be able to resume its proper functions, including being able to heal more efficiently.
At Summit Chiropractic Center, Dr. Tilyr specializes in working with athletes and treating overuse injuries, like IT Band Syndrome. Whether you’re a marathon runner or someone who wants to be able to enjoy a casual jog, the main benefit of chiropractic care is the same: being able to participate in and enjoy the activities that you love…. pain-free!