30 Jul '13, 2am

Q: How can I relieve IT band pain? A: #runningtips

The iliotibial band (ITB) is the lower portion of the tensor fasciae latae (TFL) extending from its origin on the iliac crest and extending down the lateral thigh to insertion the lateral tibial plateau below the joint line of the knee. The fasciae latae connects with other muscle fascia (glutes) in the buttocks and thigh to form a web that tightens like a Chinese finger trap when the TFL contracts. The TFL contracts when the opposite foot is off the ground to help stabilize the knee and hip/pelvis by tightening the fasciae latae and the ITB. In its path, the ITB courses over the lateral femoral condyle and if the ITB is too tight or the mechanics are off, it irritates the underlying tissue causing pain.

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