Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) or Runners Knee
So what is ITBS? (ITBS) or Runner’s Knee, is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It occurs when the iliotibial band, the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, is tight or inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee (and, therefore, running) becomes painful. IT band pain can be severe enough to completely sideline a runner for weeks, or even longer. It has been found that wearing a compression band like the Full Knee Compression Band from Boundr can provide the necessary support to keep the affected ligaments in place, thus helping to reduce the pain.
ITB syndrome can result from any activity that causes the leg to turn inward repeatedly.This can include wearing worn-out shoes, running downhill or on banked surfaces, running too many track workouts in the same direction, or simply running too many miles. Unlike many overuse injuries, however, IT band pain afflicts seasoned runners almost as much as beginners. When the iliotibial band comes near the knee, it becomes narrow, and rubbing can occur between the band and the bone. This causes inflammation. Iliotibial Band Syndrome is more common in women, possibly because some women’s hips tilt in a way that causes their knees to turn in.
Wearing the Full Knee Compression Band from Boundr will allow you maintain an active lifestyle while obtaining additional support and comfort for the knee.