What is ITB Syndrome?

ITB syndrome is inflammation and pain around the outer area of your knee caused by the iliotibial band passing over it. The iliotibial band is a thick strip of tissue that runs along the outside of your thigh, connecting from your hip to the knee. Repetitive stress such as running, leaping, or physical trauma causes inflammation by creating friction between the band and the bones, leading to pain and discomfort. 

What Causes ITB Syndrome?

  • Climbing stairs 
  • Jogging on an incline
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Postural imbalances of your pelvic bone 
My personal trainer recommended Dr Kody and within 10 minutes he diagnosed my issue as a popliteus strain in one knee and a different issue in the other knee. Within 3 sessions the severe pain I'd been experiencing for 2 years was gone and hasn't returned since. He also provided me with the exercises and knowledge of how to work with my individual knee issues if/when they do start up again. He was absolutely wonderful to work with. I highly recommend Dr.Kody!

Jessica D.. // Vancouver, BC

What does ITB Syndrome Feel Like?

The pain travels down the outer thigh into the lateral (outer) knee and usually increases with activity that includes knee movement. Hip discomfort may also be involved as the band can create friction against the hip. As this is an inflammatory cause, the knee may feel warm and tender to the touch and clicking sounds may appear since the band is so tight. 

How is ITB Syndrome treated?

  • Rest 
  • Strengthening and massage of your glutes and TFL
  • Ensuring proper hip mobility and strength to decrease load on the knees
  • Heat for pain relief

How We Take Care of Your ITB Syndrome


With an integrated team of Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Registered Massage Therapists, and Kinesiologists, we have you covered for your knee-related problems.

Seeing different practitioners can be helpful as there may be various reasons for your knee pains. Treatments in a multidisciplinary clinic can help address underlying issues from multiple aspects.

A combination of different treatments can include:
● Soft tissue manipulation to address muscle tightness and trigger points
● Stretching and exercise to manage between treatments
● Chiropractic adjustments to help with stiff joints in the knee, hips and ankles
● Acupuncture and massage therapy to decrease stress in the knee area
Ergonomic changes to your work setting to decrease stress on your knee

If your condition does require further testing or treatment, we can refer you to one of the trusted specialists that we have in our network.

You don’t have to live with Knee pain

To summarize, knee pain is common but manageable. Despite there being various reasons why someone can have knee pain, finding the right modalities and practitioners can help you address the underlying problem and decrease symptoms.

If you resonate with any of these points, give Baseline a call at 7783570337 or book an online appointment with one of our practitioners.

Written by: Lorrisa Deng, RMT, Vancouver and Burnaby