IT Band Pain and "Tightness"
Updated: Jun 26, 2020
Today, we're talking about the "IT Band" and what you should know. We clarify what it is and what you can do about it. At the end, I want to expose some misinformation common online.
Pain on the outside of the knee is not uncommon to athletes and active adults. One area that can be related to this pain is the Iliotibial Band or IT Band. The IT band is a long and fibrous piece of fascia (connective tissue). It connects from the top of the pelvis and runs down to the knee. Our main glute muscle (gluteus maximus) and TFL (tensor fasciae latae) attach to this structure. It helps translate force and stabilize the lower extremity.