What causes Iliotibial Band (ITB) syndrome? ITB syndrome is caused by inflammation in your iliotibial band. This band runs along the outside of your leg. It starts at your hip and runs along your outer thigh. From the thigh, it attaches to the outside edge of your shin bone just below your knee joint.

Your iliotibial band helps keep the outside of your knee stable during activities like running, walking, or playing sports. It works with your thigh muscles (quadriceps) to provide stability. If you irritate it you may feel pain along the outside of your knee. You may also feel pain in your lower thigh.

Your can irritate this band and cause it to become inflamed if you use it too much. Runners can get ITB syndrome if they participate in unbalanced and repetitive exercises. An example of an unbalanced exercise is when a runner only runs one way around a track. This repetition and imbalance can cause the ITB to be overused. Overusing the band can cause irritation.

It is common that the pain from ITB syndrome may not hit home until one or two miles into a running workout. The pain can be persistent once it starts and can stay and get worse doing such activities as running downhill and walking down stairs. You may feel the discomfort up and down your leg. And when you stop running, and start to walk with shorter steps and more slowly, the pain can almost disappear as strange as this seems.

Will using knee braces for Iliotibial Band Syndrome help? Using some type of brace can help with the pain from ITB syndrome. Knee braces for iliotibial band syndrome apply compression in the area where you feel pain and discomfort. Knee braces for iliotibial band syndrome can prevent friction of the ITB. This helps with the healing process. These braces can help you increase your activity level. And can help improve your leg function. If you are a runner, knee braces for iliotibial band syndrome can help you improve your running endurance.

Knee braces for iliotibial band syndrome that you can choose from include: the Cho-Pat Iliotibial Strap, Bioskin Compression Shorts with Cinch Strap, and the ProCare Thigh Sleeve. At $9.95 the Cho-Pat is an excellent choice. This strap is ideal for pain relief from ITB syndrome. The Bioskin Compresion Shorts ($83.95) and the ProCare ($24.50) both help provide compression for your hamstrings and quadriceps. These braces can also help with ITB syndrome pain.

These prices have been referenced from Braceshop.com.

Source by J. Pal