ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME
This is a common cause of pain for athletes and runners. The condition is as a result of inflammation of the bursa. Activities involving continuous flexing of the knee such as volleyball, soccer, running, cycling, weight lifting, aerobics, skiing and tennis can cause ITB pain. ITB syndrome is caused by stress and overuse of the knee. For athletes, the habits such as improper form or footwear, insufficient warm up, excessive force when planting your foot, running up and down stairs or hills frequently can cause extra stress on the tendons and muscles of the legs. Tightness or weakness in the hip muscles can add extra stress to the muscles of knees and affect the way you walk and run. People whose arches are either too high or too low or whose one leg is longer than the other are more likely to develop iliotibial band syndrome. The common symptoms of iliotibial band syndrome include:
- Pain that improves with rest
- Pain located on the side of the knee
- Sensation of stinging above the knee
- Swelling of the tissue on the hip
- Pain is stronger when the foot hits the ground
The first treatments for ITB include ice, rest, stretching with a foam roller and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. For severe conditions, stronger medication and corticosteroid injections may be suggested. However, steroid injections and anti-inflammatory drugs do nothing to repair the loose ligaments either in the hip joint or in the knee and are most likely the cause of the painful ITB and therefore does not alleviate the pain caused by this condition.
PRP and stem cell therapy for iliotibial band syndrome
Quite a number of people suffering from ITB syndrome do not want to risk the side effects that come with steroid injections, while others do not want to resort to surgery. If you are in this category, you can visit Troy Physical Medicine for a non-invasive alternative to treat ITB syndrome. Just a single visit to our office will set you on a journey to leading a pain-free life. We use stem cell therapy, an advanced form of platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and other regenerative procedures for ITB syndrome treatment. Feel free to contact us to find out if our procedure is right for you.