What is IT Band Pain? Can I Fix It?

 

You may be familiar with the saying, namely ‘You are what you eat’. Well, a slight modification of this phrase also holds true, in that ‘You are also how you position your body’. Fitness enthusiasts and beginners will agree that the right postural movements are of the utmost importance during training.

Most of us are unfortunately privy to this fact only after having endured some form of physical pain or injury during training. When your posture is compromised, the balance of your body is skewed and your joints, limbs and spine are misaligned. It is therefore vital that you adopt the right techniques of movement when running, jogging, cycling or attempting high-impact sports.

One injury sustained during vigorous exercise or even excessive sitting is the IT (iliotibial) band syndrome. The IT band is essentially a thick tendon that runs along your outer thigh region and helps maintain proper alignment and stability of the hips and knees during motion. Intense workouts may over-stress this tendon leading to injury and pain. Typical symptoms include pain endured when bending your knees or climbing up the stairs.

Next time you tell someone you work in IT, you know what that means. :)

Fortunately, IT band pain can be cured by relieving the stress in the muscles surrounding the tendon. There are several non-invasive methods to mitigate pain in your legs; one of them being physical therapy and rehab. Firstly, you need to moderate your exercise regime so as to reduce the load on your IT band. Because IT band pain usually occurs as a result of poor bio-mechanics, it helps that you learn the right posture and structural techniques when training or remaining stationery for long periods.

The right physiotherapy treatment will help reduce inflammation of the affected part, normalize your joint range of motion and improve agility. A few simple rehabilitation exercises will help reduce pain and rejuvenate your muscles around the tendon. You can practice physical therapy from the comfort of your home by accessing a few self-help tutorials.

Phyxable provides a great do-it-yourself app that you can download on your mobile device and start your therapy. The application has various tutorials to address IT band pain based on the level of pain you are experiencing. With its medically sound, cost-effective therapy sessions and an elaborate to-do guide, you have no reason to stop continuing your fun exercise regimen indefinitely.


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