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Ilio-tibial band friction syndrome (ITB)

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This is a condition which is not uncommonly seen in athletes, particularly runners, but in addition in other sports. The condition involves inflammation of the ilio-tibial band as a result of friction between the band and the bony lateral condyle of the knee joint on the outside of the knee.

This will often present with localised pain and discomfort on the outside of the knee joint which is aggravated by repetitive activities. It is often aggravated by running downhills particularly if carrying weight.

Adrian has seen this condition in a number of different sporting athletes and in Royal Marine recruits.

Treatment usually involves confirming the diagnosis and then excluding biomechanical causes which may have precipitated the development of symptoms. Many cases will also benefit from physiotherapy, but other treatments will include localised steroid injections and Shockwave therapy.

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Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital 67 Lansdowne Road Bournemouth BH1 1RW

Harbour Hospital, St Mary's Road, Poole, Dorset. BH15 2BH