Knee Pain Treatment Cairns Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Treatment Cairns

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome treatment Cairns is provided by the professional team at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. What is Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome, or more commonly known as ITBFS? It’s a common overuse injury that is associated with lateral (outside of) knee pain. The ITB refers to the band of tissue that extends from the hip and runs downs the outside of your thigh bone (Femur), inserting onto the lateral aspect of the knee. The condition is most commonly seen in active runners and cyclers, with the most common presenting symptoms being; ITB tightness, lateral hip discomfort and lateral knee pain that consistently develops at the same time/distance during the session. It is believed that the cause of pain is due to the constant friction between the ITB and femur during activity. Don’t suffer in silence, FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics can help with effective Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Cairns treatment.

Why did I get Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome?

The most common predisposing factors of Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS) are:

  • Tightness of ITB/lateral muscles
  • Vastus medialis weakness
  • Poor lower limb biomechanics
  • Overuse
  • Incorrect training surface
  • Poor footwear

How is Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome diagnosed?

A thorough clinical assessment will generally be sufficient for the diagnosis of ITBFS. Depending on severity of symptoms, you may be referred for an Ultrasound or MRI to determine the extent of pathology/to rule out other conditions. Once we have diagnosed ITBFS we will then prepare a customised Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Cairns treatment plan, to suit your specific symptoms and biomechanics.

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Cairns treatment Options

There are a range of Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Cairns treatment options available. These include but are not limited to the following.

  • Rest, ice, Anti-inflamms
  • Massage/dry needling
  • Foam roller
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Strengthening/stretching program
  • Custom insoles
  • Surgical release of ITB
  • Wet needling

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome - Prognosis

Providing absolute compliance to our Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Cairns treatment plan, most individuals respond well to the conservative treatments listed above. The main focus is on releasing the lateral structures and strengthening the medial structures in order to reduce friction levels. Surgery is rarely necessary however is an option for severe or recurrent cases. Recovery time for surgery is approximately 6-8 weeks (full return to sport).


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