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IT Band Syndrome Patient Stories
Compiled by Knee1 Editorial Team

Formerly known as "Patient Stories", this blog features first-hand accounts of users who have dealt with the condition known as Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome.


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ITBFS and Generalized Ligament Laxity - Feb 11
I was just recently diagnosed with ITBFS and Generalized Ligament Laxity. I am a devoted softball and hockey player. I have had to stop playing all sports because of the ...
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ITB - May 05
Has anyone has an ITB 'released' or whatever they do to it when the bursitis won;t go away. I had a lateral release and now walk with very good alignment at the knee but ...
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itbfritction syndrom - Apr 30
I had surgery four years ago for a patella realignment. unfortunatly i have has some slips on ice,and for some unkown reason too much exercise(walking).strained my LCL.Strained ...
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yoga ,biking stretching - Apr 02
Hi, I thought I was really losing it, after 3 years of pain from my pelvic area, hip, knee and heel. I was beginning to think I was really a chronic complainer. After two ...
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Hot pain in hip/pelvis - Dec 23
I was just diagnosed with ITB but my searing pain is in my upper pelvis and hip area. I had some classic ITB knee pain briefly a month or two ago but stopped running and ...
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ITBFS and Generalized Ligament Laxity
Posted: Feb 11, 2007 18:31:30 0 Comments.
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  • I was just recently diagnosed with ITBFS and Generalized Ligament Laxity. I am a devoted softball and hockey player. I have had to stop playing all sports because of the knee pain that I have had over the last 8 years. I am thinking about surgery for ITBFS and I was wondering if anyone has anything that would help me make the right decision. I have found some websites that say the surgery is pretty successful and others that say it isn't. I want to make a decision so that I can return to my normal sports. Any help or comments will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    ITB
    Posted: May 5, 2004 10:06:47 0 Comments.
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  • Has anyone has an ITB 'released' or whatever they do to it when the bursitis won;t go away. I had a lateral release and now walk with very good alignment at the knee but my ITB seems to be unable to cope with the new way of walking. I've doen the physio, just had round 2 of cortisone and this time had manipulation under anesthetic. Next step seems likey to be surgery seeing as this problem is being created by everyday activities.... Thanks A
    itbfritction syndrom
    Posted: Apr 30, 2004 13:49:59 0 Comments.
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  • I had surgery four years ago for a patella realignment. unfortunatly i have has some slips on ice,and for some unkown reason too much exercise(walking).strained my LCL.Strained my ITB. Well i had a shot of cortisone into my left knee,but now there is something in my upper calf in the bend of my leg. This started after the injection back in Jan. 2004. I am wondering what this could be has anyone had this problem after getting this cortisone shot??? and is there another way to strecth the itb without standing ???
    yoga ,biking stretching
    Posted: Apr 2, 2004 22:06:49 0 Comments.
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  • Hi, I thought I was really losing it, after 3 years of pain from my pelvic area, hip, knee and heel. I was beginning to think I was really a chronic complainer. After two orthopedic suregons, a chiropractor, and two physical therepists, cortizone, anti- inflamitory drugs, ice, heat, hot tubs and three years later; I'm talking to a friend that is a PT with a pediatric group who really hears what I'm saying.... after one session with her, I'm sleeping through the night again, doing yoga daily, riding my bicycle, and streaching first thing in the morning. WHOA! I'm not cured but at least I don't bite everyones head off. This routine is helping me. Hopefully my hip and leg in the area of the tibular band will stay stretched out for the very busy lifestyle I would like to maintain.
    Hot pain in hip/pelvis
    Posted: Dec 23, 2003 9:22:00 0 Comments.
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  • I was just diagnosed with ITB but my searing pain is in my upper pelvis and hip area. I had some classic ITB knee pain briefly a month or two ago but stopped running and it went away. The intense pain I'm feeling now radiates from the area of my sacro-iliac joint down into my outer thigh but I feel nothing in my knee. I have spasms in my outer thigh and my leg has lost 50% of its strength in just three days. I will be going to PT and am taking heavy duty painkillers. I can't stand up straight, can hardly find a single comfortable position and any leg cross-over moves are excruciatingly painful. During the summer I hike, jog, and bicycle. In the winter (recently) I have been using the stair climber and lifting weights. I'm not a big runner.
    persistent itb
    Posted: Dec 12, 2003 20:02:50 0 Comments.
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  • I had a running related itb injury 3 years ago that has been unable to heal despite all sorts of attempts with physio, massage etc..Now the pain is from my hip to ankle and only gets better with no activity. Does anyone ahve any suggestions about tx. for persistent itb? I don't want to continue with tx. that could worsen the problem
    ITBS
    Posted: Oct 27, 2003 11:46:30 0 Comments.
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  • I have been running now for 4 and a half months steadly increasing my weekly miles. I have also joined my local running club and I am totally hooked on the sport. Everything seemed to be going great my fitness and endurace improving along with my times. All seemed well until around five weeks ago and a small irriatation started on the lateral side of my right knee. I continued the run I was on with the pain increasing only slightly but remaining with me overnight. The next day I set off on some speed work and within 100 mtrs the pain returned I had to abort my run and was in severe pain for a couple of days, the pain not retreating for over a week. I am now five weeks on and still in pain on every attempt to run. My GP prescibed anti-inflams but seemed reluctant to listen to my description of my problem. I feel very frustrated at the moment as I was making great progress with my sport. I have recently found some great sites and I am trying stretches with a great deal of optimisum. Please am I wasting my time with stretching I need some advice./ I am hoping to run the London marathon next year and I really should be putting in some miles now! in readiness for April. Hope someone can help, and do the stretches work?
    Horseback riding and ITBS
    Posted: Oct 24, 2003 16:10:37 0 Comments.
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  • I started riding horses in 2000 but I was ridng Western. In 2001 my instructor decided that I could ride English for competition. I have been riding for 18 months with a 2 month rest during the Summer. I was recently diagnosed with ITBS. The pain started 6 weeks ago. The doctor said it was from the constant up and down motion while posting in an English saddle. I would like to hear from other riders if they have any similar experience or know of someone that has. To add to the problem I have MS.
    Snapping Hip and ITB stretch
    Posted: Oct 21, 2003 16:07:13 0 Comments.
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  • My ITB on the right is so tight that it caused snapping hip syndrom 9 years ago. Some doctors recommended surgery to loosen the IT Band but others are strongly against it. My right hip feels weird/out of place when I stand and walk. It snaps when I bend forward. Can ITB be stretched longer? How long does it take? Ways to stretch: http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=221252
    I.T. Band Surgery
    Posted: May 6, 2003 16:10:53 0 Comments.
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  • Hi, I had I.T. Band surgery a little over a month ago after 9 months of trying everything else. I've had 2 Cortisone shots, oral steroids, orthotics, deep tissue massage, ultrasound, stim, stretching numerous times a day, icing like crazy, etc. Before my injury last summer, I was a state runner up in multiple distance events as a high school senior. Running is the only thing in life that I actually love to do, so the last year has been the worst of my life. The decision to have surgery was tough, and I've missed the entire first year of running in college. It's been a little over a month since my surgery and my knee still hurts just from walking around. I am unable to run and even biking hurts a bit (which rarely hurt before surgery). If I'm not able to run Cross Country in the fall then I don't know what I'm going to do. Then there is the ever present nightmare that I will either not be able to run, or never be able to run the way I did ever again. Does anyone know how long after I.T. Band surgery it is normal to still be feeling pain? How long does it take before I will be able to run again? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I tried to run today and it hurt so bad I seriously wanted to cry. I'm hoping someone can help. Thanks.
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