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Everything You Need to Know About Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Runner's World reports on iliotibial (IT) band syndrome and how runners can avoid this common overuse injury.

IT band syndrome occurs when the IT band, which stabilizes and moves the knee joint, becomes tight or inflamed. 

Jordan D. Metzl, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS, explains that the most notable symptom is pain on the outside of the knee which can lead many runners to mistakenly believe they have a lateral meniscus tear. However, if you experience this pain and your knee does not swell, it may be IT band syndrome instead.

If the symptoms don't clear up after a few weeks of rest, Dr. Metzl recommended seeking help from a sports medicine professional as you may need a cortisone injection to break up scar tissue. 

Read the full article at RunnersWorld.com.