New York Daily News—June 7, 2009
The injury comes on very suddenly and after a run. Many will often feel a sharp pain and may not be able to straighten their leg all the way. The individual also will experience significant weakness and soreness in the entire leg, mainly centering in and around the hip, including the hamstring, glutes, and IT band. As with many running injuries, it is often hard to pinpoint what causes the pain and so it is important that diagnosis and treatment are sought immediately.
IT band syndrome is one of the leading causes of lateral knee, thigh and hip pain in runners and most orthopedists will recommend that the patient immediately begin a course of rest, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. If the pain does not subside, an imaging study is prescribed, usually an MRI, to further investigate what is causing the pain and the best course of action, according to Dr. Ron Adler, Chief, Division of Ultrasound, Department of Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery.
Some key things that cause IT band syndrome include:
It is important that runners always warm up before a run, monitor aches and pains, and consult with a sports medicine specialist when experiencing pain before, during, or after a run.
The Huffington Post—June 11, 2009