Are You A Runner With Knee Pain?

Are you a runner? Been ramping up your training? Any aches and pains? If you have tightness or trouble around the outside of your knee that is preventing you from running please listen in. Iliotibial band or ITB syndrome is common in runners and can be quite painful. Call us with questions. We would be happy to help you overcome this problem and get back to running!

Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and today I want to talk about knee pain or Iliotibial band pain.

How many of you out there are running? Running a lot or maybe starting a new running program with the Vancouver Sun Run coming up. A lot of you are out there training.

What we see in the clinic a lot at this time of year where training is now been ramping up for the last month or so we’ve been in the new year, that people come in the clinic with knee pain on the outside of the knee. This is not always, but commonly called Iliotibial band friction syndrome, where the Iliotibial band is like a big, sort of factual band that runs down the side of the leg and attaches on the bone just below the knee. And when you’re running, if this band gets really tight, it kind of starts to friction or rub over the bone on the side of the knee or at the attachment where it joins in at the bottom.

Now this muscle comes from two major muscle groups up top, the tensor fascia lata and the glute max. So if these muscles get tight and/or weak, it can create a pull which puts tension through the outside of the leg. So if you’re having knee pain on the outside of the knee with running, please check in with us. It could usually use some treatment to help figure out what your mechanics are that are setting it off. If you don’t deal with it, it will get worse and this can get quite inflamed and painful.

So if you’re at that point and it’s inflamed and painful, we suggest ice, maybe getting a roller out and roll your thigh, roll your lateral leg and roll into the hip at the front and the back of the hip. If that doesn’t alleviate it, maybe set up an appointment and have someone take a look and give you more information.

So good luck dealing with that. Happy running. If you need more information, please check out our website at