IT Band Syndrome

IT Band Syndrome

Also known as “snapping hip”, this condition results when a muscle or tendon moves over a bony structure.  For the hip, it is when the iliotibial band (IT Band) moves over the greater trochanter portion of the thigh bone (this is where the thigh bone and hip connect).  During movement, the snapping motion will be felt or heard.  Causes include general aging, overuse of the joint and previous injury or trauma that allowed the band to start movement. This condition is also one that can occur over the knee.

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If it is painless, treatment is not necessary.  Otherwise, physical therapy will stretch the hip to prevent the band from snapping over the bone.