Knee surgeon Khalid Al-Dadah revealed that this condition occurs in “up to 15 percent of knee overuse injuries.”
“One of the most common causes of ITB syndrome is repetitive long-distance running,” Dr. Al-Dadah explained, adding that symptoms are usually made worse by poor shoe support, sudden change in training intensity, and disturbed terrain can exacerbate symptoms.
As some runners have a greater landing force in one leg compared to the other, he advised that “proper running technique” should be carried out to minimize the development of symptoms.
Dr. Al-Dadah recommends ice packs and the administration of topical anti-inflammatory gels on the affected sore area to relieve pain.
He noted that ultrasound-guided steroid injections can be used when severe inflammation doesn’t settle.
The use of shock wave therapy, deep friction massage, and proprioceptive conditioning may also help.
“The vital component to successful recovery is targeted physical therapy, as an imbalance of the muscles, coupled with tightness, can worsen symptoms,” he said, noting that more than 90 percent of patients see a large improvement with medications not listed above. operational measures.