This may surprise you…
Iliotibial Band Syndrome is one of the most common causes for debilitating knee pain.
It’s typically an overuse injury caused by activities where you repeatedly bend your knee, such as running, cycling, hiking, basketball, weight lifting or climbing stairs.
If you train regularly, certain errors may lead you to develop chronic knee pain and other uncomfortable symptoms of a tight iliotibial band.
For example, using the wrong training techniques, such as pushing yourself to extremes, failing to do warm up or cool down stretches, not resting between workouts and even wearing worn-out sneakers.
Training on the wrong surfaces can lead to Iliotibial Band Syndrome, including running downhill or on an incline. Or training on banked, rather than flat, surfaces. You may feel a sharp pain when your heel hits the ground or immediately afterwards.
While riding a bike, you’ll experience pain during the downward pedal stroke and again during the upward pedal stroke, when the knee is bent at 30 degrees.