Iliotibial band syndrome

Because the iliotibial band consists of tendon tissue, recovery can take a long time. For a good rehabilitation go under the guidance of a physiotherapist.


The iliotibial band is a band made of tendon tissue. The ITB runs from the side of the hip/thigh to the outside of the knee. In most cases irritation of the iliotibial band causes pain at the side of the knee. Irritation of this ligament is often caused by overburdening. This form of overburdening is common among runners but certainly also among cyclists. Because the iliotibial band is made of tendon tissue, recovery is different from muscle injury. Without proper supervision, the recovery of tendon tissue can take a long time.

A tendon problem often occurs gradually and increases in severity over time. The course of the complaints is often recognizable and goes as follows:

  • Complaints at the start of an activity that gradually disappear. This is followed by an after-reaction when the activity is over.
  • Complaints at the start of the activity that gradually disappear but return during the activity.
  • Complaints that do not go away after the start of an activity and may even be present at rest.


As previously described, irritation of the iliotibial band causes pain on the side of the knee. There is often pain with slight flexion of the knee. This pain is often described as stabbing. In addition, during extension and flexion of the knee, a clicking/grinding sensation or sound may be experienced. In some cases the knee may be slightly swollen. Sometimes there is a stiff feeling to the side of the thigh/hip.


To establish the diagnosis of iliotibial band syndrome, an interview will take place during the first treatment. Based on a number of questions and tests, the physiotherapist will know whether you have illiotibial band syndrome or another condition. The physiotherapist will explain what the problem is and how this condition can best be treated.


For the treatment of ilotiobial band syndrome or other tendon complaints, the physiotherapists of FysioFitaal Tilburg are the right people to turn to! After diagnosis, the physiotherapist will start by giving appropriate advice with regard to work, sports and other daily activities. Then the therapist will work with you to restore the balance between load and load capacity. This is done by using exercise therapy. Going to the physical therapist once or twice a week is not enough. Besides exercise therapy homework exercises are an important part of recovery. In addition, in case of severe complaints, it can be decided to use muscle techniques that can improve the pain can be dampened.

Are you suffering from a knee injury or a stroke? other complaints that you just can't get rid of? Make an appointment now with one of our physiotherapists.

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