ITB Syndrome. Normal Anatomy Origin – Gluteus Maximus – Gluteus Medius – Tensor Fascia Latae – Ilium Insertion – Lateral Femoral Condyle – Tibial Infracondylar

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ITB SyndromeNormal Anatomy

OriginGluteus MaximusGluteus MediusTensor Fascia LataeIlium

InsertionLateral Femoral CondyleTibial Infracondylar TubercleNormal AnatomyContinuation of TFL tendon

Thickened aspect of lateral fascia

Non-contractile structure

PathologyFriction of ITB against femoral epicondyle with repeated flexion and extensionCompression of distal ITB against lateral femoral condyleIrritation of lateral structuresFatConnective tissueITB Bursa

Mechanism of InjuryITB Compression

Impingement Zone30 degreesEccentric TFL Eccentric Glute MaxStance phase

Repetitive movementLong distance runningCyclingHill walkingMechanism of InjuryPosterior fibre irritation

Irritation of Lateral Synovial recess

Periosteum inflammation

Insufficient recovery

ClassificationCompressionLateral structuresITB itselfLateral condyle

Tissue IrritationSynovial recessBursaCyst?Inflammation presence in condition

?Anterior-Posterior movement or snapping

Lavine, 2010Associated PathologiesPFPS

Lateral ligament injury

BursitisSubjectiveLateral knee pains

Increase throughout activity

Some pain on bending activities

Increases with repetition

Can have swelling

?Tightness sensationObjective - KneeObservationLocal swellingIncreased Q angleValgusAnterior pelvic tilt

ROMFull ROMPain at 30 degrees flexion

Objective - KneeSquat/Single Leg SquatPain at 30 degreesWeight shiftValgus

PalpationDistal ITB tendernessLateral condyle tendernessITB tension

Objective - HipDecreased abductor strength

Contralateral Pelvic Drop

Dynamic Knee Valgus

Fredericson et al, 2000Objective - FootExcessive calcaneal eversion

Lack of supination

Tibial Internal Rotation

Ferber et al, 2010Special TestsObers & Modified Obers TestSide lyingFix pelvisTake hip into extensionRelease hipPositive if does not pass midline

Noble Compression TestPatient supineFlex knee to 90 degreesAdd compressionExtend kneeSymptoms approx 30 degrees

14Further InvestigationMRI

ManagementReduce pain

Reduce insertional compression

Correct imbalances

Improve kinetic chain functionConservative - ManagementMcNichol et al, 198194% improvement conservative treatment

NSAIDs0-7 days with treatment

CryotherapyPain relief

Schwellnus et al, 1991Conservative - ManagementTissue Release

Foam rollingTFLAdductors

Soft tissue techniquesMassageNot DTFNot Stretching

Schwellnus et al, 1992Chaudry et al, 2008Conservative - ManagementMuscle ActivationClam shellsHip abductions

StrengtheningBand WalksHip thrustsTibialis posterior

Cambridge et al, 2012Conservative - ManagementBiomechanicsMovement patternsSingle leg squatFMS

Gait assessment/re-educationStride widthCadence

FootwearOrthoticsRamp angles

Conservative - ManagementAdjunctsAcupuncture




Conservative ManagementReduce pain, swellingPrepare tissuesRestore Normal ROMActivate musclesCorrect Movement PatternsSurgical - ManagementLateral ReleaseTransect posterior halfBursa removalRelease of lateral retinaculum

InjectionCorticosteroid30% improvement

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