Many active and non-active people have no doubt encountered iliotibial Band (ITB) tension, at some point in their life. Excessive, ITB tension can create multiple problems within the “kinetic chain” and in particular the hip, knee and lower back (see the Biotensegrity article for a more detailed explanation). Another name of ITBS is “Runner’s Knee”, as it frequently affects runners and the knee. However, Patellofemoral Syndrome is also often called “Runner’s Knee”, and the two conditions affect different parts of the knee. Here is a link to the Patellofemoral Syndrome (Runner's Knee, Rower's Knee) article.
Some brief anatomy knowledge, yawn
- Lateral (outer) knee pain
- Pain that is made worse by running or knee bending activities (repetitive)
- Possible swelling and tenderness on the lateral aspect of the knee.
- Gradual symptom onset provided no apparent trauma.
- Trauma affecting the knee.
- Muscles imbalances due to muscular dysfunction.
- Changes in general biomechanics, affecting the kinetic chain.
- Changes in training (speed, duration, terrain).
- Failing to warm-up and or cool-down.