Patient Comments: Iliotibial Band Syndrome - Diagnosis


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Comment from: jmaurer, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I've been suffering for over a year with what I thought was sciatica. Tried several chiropractors, sometimes it helped, but it kept coming back and finally I said enough. The doctor sent me to a physical therapist, he ran something up the outside of my thigh and I about came off the table. He said that I probably did have a pinched nerve but most of my pain seemed to be coming from my iliotibial (IT) band on that side. He's been working on that and it seems to be helping. Finally!

Comment from: Donna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

Statement of pain symptoms and with doctor’s exam my iliotibial band syndrome was diagnosed.

Comment from: eileen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

My iliotibial band syndrome was diagnosed by the physiotherapist within the NHS.

Comment from: Gammiegiggles, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I woke up while visiting my daughter, with extreme pain in my knee that radiated to my thigh. It made straightening my leg painful. When I got home I went to my primary care doctor. She didn’t know what I had, had me do x-ray to see if I had bursitis or arthritis, and they came back negative. I have multiple sclerosis and shorter right leg. I put 2 and 2 together and figured out what I have is IT (iliotibial) band syndrome. I am seeing a physical therapist, taking a muscle relaxant and OTC pain relievers.

Comment from: AnnaBannana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

A friend who suffered from IT (iliotibial) band syndrome suggested this is most likely my injury. Then I found more information which describes nearly all the things I've been having for 2 years.

Comment from: PamF, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I had total knee replacement and this IT (iliotibial) band syndrome began during physical therapy. I rode 2 bikes, did squats and stretches of all kinds. One session a fill-in therapist pushed on my leg trying to do some sort of alignment. I have had horrible problems since but not sure it's related or a coincidence. After reading some of this I'm not sure riding the bikes are the best thing for this situation. Like many others I can't sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time and I wake up from pain. It's only been 5 months since surgery but it keeps getting worse.

Comment from: cmbcrosby, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

My knee went out with a pop and was originally diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear. Another doctor said I had iliotibial band syndrome. My knee pops when I walk. My thigh aches and my knee hurts badly and I have shin pain especially at night. I have some stretching exercises that I hope help.

Comment from: Bird, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I was recently diagnosed with iliotibial (IT) band syndrome. My physiotherapist started acupuncture treatments which have helped me sleep better during the night. For over a year, I experienced constant pain that continuously woke me up at night. After two acupuncture treatments, I have been able to have a more restful night’s sleep. During the day I still experience an achy throb in my buttock/hip region and my knee is still painful. Hopefully the acupuncture treatments continue to work.

Comment from: Glenna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I have been dealing with IT (iliotibial) band syndrome for over a year and have not slept through the night since. Pain wakes me up to 8 times a night. Only relief has been through use of light leg weights to strengthen leg muscles and core. Surprising how severe pain can be in outer hip area. Pain amount and levels vary from day to day.

Comment from: Diagnosis, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

Orthopedic doctor diagnosed my IT (iliotibial) band syndrome after hearing classic symptoms.

Comment from: massage therapist, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

The iliotibial (IT) band seems to lock at times and I have almost fallen a few times. I stretch it and use a massage vibrator on it regularly. I need knee replacements on both knees but am putting it off for now because of my work. I am self-employed and can't afford to take the time off to recuperate.


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